Knotty pine table tops +question for the pros?????

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Project by Alexandre Lussier posted 02-11-2017 12:51 PM 2464 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, I recently had to “repair” the 13 tables from a local restaurant. I said repair because these table were made 2 years ago by the owner of the place. The wood was not dry at all and screwed to a 3/4” plywood to keep it flat. It did not kept anything flat. So I took all the table tops to my shop and resaw them, plane them, glue them and add breadboard to contain the wood movement.

The tables turns out great. Finish is 3 coats of Livos countertop oil.

It was my first experience with pine table tops and I’m a little bit anxious. The pine is soft so the breadboards are. The table tops are mounted on steel pedestal. There is no structure at all to keep it flat. What will you guys do? Adding cleats made out of hard wood under the table tops?

Thank you for commenting, reading and sharing

-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 01:17 PM

It’s tough, allowing for wood expansion and contraction can be tricky. I’ve seen table tops glued up and fastened to table bases with out any regard for expansion and contraction and it worked fine. (I teach wood shop and have had students do all kinds of “fabrication techniques” with wood table tops) I have also seen table tops made with care allowing for contraction and they cupped and split with in a few weeks after finishing. Hard to say. The tables look great. I wouldn’t worry about it at this point. Here are links to explain fabrication of breadboard table ends with a great explanation on how to glue it up and why you want a breadboard end. These are the best explanations I have seen.

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#2 posted 02-12-2017 12:30 AM

Thank you. The bread boards were done to allow wood movement. I guess I should not worry like you said. Thank you again.

-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

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