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Offline JCLP

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Trying to build a table top for the first time
« on: May 28, 2017, 09:17 AM »
So last Wednesday I rescued 8 old boards from a neighbours garbage pile. They are 8' long, 11" wide and 1.5" thick. I started planing them down and they look great. Decided to start making a rustic knotty pine table top. Will probably be somewhere around 9' long and 40" wide.
Cheers,
JC

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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Trying to build a table top for the first time
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2017, 09:37 AM »
Nice find.

Tom

Offline JCLP

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Re: Trying to build a table top for the first time
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2017, 09:48 AM »
Nice find.

Tom
It's amazing what people throw away.

JC

Offline Z48LT1

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Re: Trying to build a table top for the first time
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2017, 01:51 PM »
Great project.  Keep us posted.

Offline JCLP

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Re: Trying to build a table top for the first time
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2017, 05:53 PM »
Well here is the top all glued up. It's 9' tall, 42" wide and 1.25" thick.
Would anyone have any thoughts on how I detail the edge. I don't want to make it ornate. trying to keep it rustic looking. As for a base any ideas as well. I want to make the base out of knotty pine to match the top.

Thanks,
JC

Offline Holmz

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Re: Trying to build a table top for the first time
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 06:28 PM »
A bevel using a saw? Or handplane.

Some small round over using a router? Or hand plane or sand paper.

I would not purposely distress it, but if you have a slick or bisque then why now use it.


So a trestle base?

Offline kcufstoidi

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Re: Trying to build a table top for the first time
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 07:01 PM »
Silly question now JC, but you did put a moisture meter on it to make sure it was reasonably dry before you did a solid wide board glueup. Thats table making 101. 1/4" round over bit on the edge, it will still dent like crazy but not as bad as a sharp edge. Something that thin would also be interesting with a knife edge.

John