The Great Table #1: Steep Learning Curve...

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Blog entry by haystack posted 05-03-2018 12:09 AM 535 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello All!

I’m posting this in order to get some ideas, life expectancy, and general feedback for my first wood project. Anything you can see that would be an issue, may have worked well, or you would have done differently i’d be very interested to read.

I’d like to introduce you to my project and a little about myself:

I have not previously done any woodworking. This project was brought up by an opportunity and lots of Google…

This is an attempt at a “reclaimed” table. Work was throwing away some pallets that some equipment came in on (see picture) and the wife wanted a new table that would seat more people and before you know it, BOOM! The reeses peanut butter cup was born!

General idea overview: long planks (1” x 6”) running long ways (vertical) with the “frame pieces” (2” x 3”) being integrated as the border around it. The ends would be short breadboards of the same 2”x 3” meant to cap and support the ends. Table is roughly 3’ X 9 1/2’. Legs will be X-shaped. Many of these design features were to maximize the opportunistic wood. Also, the “border framing” was so that the table top wouldn’t end up being 4+” thick.
The tools I have/used on this:
- 10” Miter saw
- 5 1/2” circular saw
- Cordless Drill/screwdriver
- chisels
- Rotozip (...)
- belt sander (x2)
- keg jig/screws
- clamps

The top planks were connected using pockets screws and wood glue down their long axes.

For a first ever project, there were a lot of lessons and at least a bit of learning that went into this. I know the design is a bit odd. (I only found out about M&Ts when I was trying to see if this frame system would work at all.) Please let me know what’s gonna break, what might survive, and overall impressions when you can!

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