Hickory Dining Room Trestle Table #2: Fabricate Table Top

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Blog entry by PPK posted 04-08-2019 05:44 PM 747 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The table top is 5/4 hickory, with a finished thickness of 1”.

I cut boards to length, jointed them, and used a router with a slot cutter to make slots for bisuits. I don’t own a biscuit machine, and don’t plan on it anytime soon. Router bit works just as well. The biscuits are only for alignment.
I made sure the put the biscuits where they wouldn’t be cut into when I cut the tabletop to size.

The whole top will be the two halves, and two leaves. No leaves length will be 6’ and with both 12” leaves, it will be 8’.

I glued everything up in 18” sections so that I could run them thru my drum sander. Only the final 2 joints have to be sanded/scraped by hand. Hickory is hard :-)

Next I cut out a plywood template, clamped it to the tabletop, and cut the edges to make the table top boat-shaped.

On to the skirt board. (Apron)
It’s 2-1/2” wide. They’re fastened with figure-8 connectors.

The table leaves have a folding apron. I used a 12” piano hinge on these. They also have rare earth magnets glued in several locations to keep the folding apron in place. Hopefully the pictures the
show the concept well.

Completed Top and skirt/Apron: (The tabletop is upside down)

Finally, I used a jig to install the alignment pins. The pins are steel pins I got from Rockler, I believe. Remember, I started this project like 3 years ago…

The pins are friction fit with barbs, but I put some glue in there too to make sure they are in there for the long haul. The jig worked super, and the leaves fit well, no matter what order I put them in.

-- Pete

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#1 posted 04-08-2019 07:51 PM

Eager to see how the aprons assemble and then slide. Thanks for sharing.

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