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Forum topic by Beauman22 posted 04-03-2015 06:35 PM 567 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Beauman22

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04-03-2015 06:35 PM

Hello

I am building a farm table for a friend. The top is 8/4 white oak and after the milling and the glue up I estimate it will weigh 145 pounds. The bottom will be painted so I was going to use soft maple legs and apron but my local lumber yard doesn’t have 8/4 soft maple. I wanted to use 8/4 to avoid a sagging in the apron in the future.

I am now considering making the legs and apron out of ash and painting it. Do you foresee any problems with doing this? Or have nah better suggestions?

Thanks for any help!


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 04-03-2015 06:47 PM

It is not the thickness of the apron that will prevent sagging but the width of the apron that is more critical. It will be fine to use 4/4 or 5/4 stock for the aprons, they should be 4 – 6” wide. For the legs, you could glue a couple of 4/4 boards together to get 8/4. Either soft maple or ash will be fine, although I think that maple will paint better.

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Beauman22

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#2 posted 04-03-2015 10:55 PM


It is not the thickness of the apron that will prevent sagging but the width of the apron that is more critical. It will be fine to use 4/4 or 5/4 stock for the aprons, they should be 4 – 6” wide. For the legs, you could glue a couple of 4/4 boards together to get 8/4. Either soft maple or ash will be fine, although I think that maple will paint better.

- bondogaposis

Thanks for your input Bondo Gaposis. With that info I will go forward with the soft maple. The legs are going to be 4×4s. And I will either use 5/4 or 6/4 with a width of 4-6 inches like you recommended.

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#3 posted 04-04-2015 02:31 AM

Personally, I find the look of painted ash attractive. That characteristic ash grain shows through.

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