Conference Room Table #1: Table top help

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Blog entry by RPG posted 04-29-2016 11:24 PM 943 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello lumber jock community. I’d love some advise and pics if possible on this. I’ve been asked to build a conference room table for a small company. I’m on a low budget but want to obviously make a quality top.

I made the pedestals already but struggling with the top and budget. My thoughts are to either join oak 3/4” 6X8’s together or a sheet of oak ply and join butter board ends. I was going to pocket hole and glue everything together and case it with 1X3 oak. It will have a pretty dark stain.

Does anyone have any advise on this? Would this be a good method? My fear is wood movement and it twisting. I’m down in South Texas where we have allot of humidity and heat. Even though it will be in air conditioning I would hate for it to twist.

Thank you to anyone’s input.


-- Ryan,,

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#1 posted 05-02-2016 01:41 PM

Hey Ryan,

Your base looks nice. I would avoid pocket screws if possible unless you plug them and sand them flush. Solid oak will be expensive and have a ton of movement. In TX, my solid oak dining room table expanded 1/4”. Breadboard ends are traditionally for stabilizing and dealing with a solid top.

You could use a piece of 23/32” oak plywood and wrap it with solid oak with whatever profile you want. That would be the most economical and least troublesome solution. You could even wrap it with 1” thick solid oak to give the top more weight visually, flush with the top of course.

I would probably use biscuits registered off the top surface all the way around. You’ll need several clamps and/or cauls for the glue up. The joint may be tough to make invisible, so you may be better off celebrating the joint with a slight chamfer. The dark stain will hide if you go through the oak veneer.

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#2 posted 05-02-2016 03:03 PM

Thank you for your response. I’m leaning towards your suggestion of ply wrapped with a 1X3 ish board. Underneath I’m thinking of running allot of support peices so the top feels very solid.

-- Ryan,,

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