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#1 posted 12-24-2017 10:11 PM

Wow, thanks for the thorough replies thus far! I’ll try to respond mostly in order.

-Overbuilt! That’s reassuring, I was concerned it was under built. I’m okay with overbuilt, I’d even strive for it. As long as I stay within budget there’s no reason not to.

-I had to look up battens. It seems like the term could refer to many different things (in regards to siding, roofing, bench planing, etc) In this application, is there a difference between a batten and a cleat? They appear to be the same thing to me.

-If I used lag screws etc, I’m not sure how I could keep it all hidden. The nice thing about the Striplox is they’re relatively cheap and available at my local woodcraft, so I’m going to go buy a few to mess around with and see how well they function. I can throw something together with scrap 2×4’s and test racking resistance.

-I did consider a metal frame, but I don’t have any tools for metal working. And the wife nixed the idea.

-Jbrow you’ve given me some methods to think about with the top. My large projects like this tend to have a long gestation period and I only have one going at a time. That provides me the benefit of looking around for the right materials and inspiration. I’ll keep on eye out for recycled lumber or nice rough sawn pieces. Sometimes you have a vision and then find the right materials to make it happen. Other times you spot a great piece of wood and then the vision comes. I do have a jointer, a planer, TS, router, and a collection of bench planes to use as needed.

-if I used the plywood to make the aprons/frame, I would be covering with black laminate. So not as concerned with dings and repairs. But strength and finished look are my worries.

-I was leaning toward the waterlox marine varnish. I’ve used Epifane’s marine varnish on a Padauk Parson’s table which came out great. Waterlox also makes a Urethane finish I used on my basement stairs which I really like.

-Thanks for the link, I’m reading through the article now.

-- ~Walker

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