My daughter and I are building a table for her breakfast room. We would like to build the round oak table that’s featured in a recent American Woodworker magazine. But that one’s made with a lot of solid oak, requiring major amounts of rough-lumber processing.
I would like to make the 46 inch diameter top from 3/4 inch oak plywood, because (1) it will be more stable than built-up solid wood, (2) I can make leaves with matching grain, and (3) total building time will be less (we have 8 evenings to get this done at the local high school woodshop).
The apron of this tabletop is laminated from thin slices of oak, bent to a radius of 20 inches or so. I don’t think that part will be a problem (though it will be a challenge).
Here’s the sticky part (no pun intended):
If I make the top from plywood, I have to come up with some kind of edge treatment.
Ideas so far:
add a one-inch band of oak, bent and laminated just as the apron is (this seems scary to me).
Build up the edge with segments of oak, doweled together at ends, cut to radius (very complex, lots of miters)
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