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Dining Table Design - Short boards, long table

by Bhutt123
posted 10-30-2018 04:30 PM

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#1 posted 10-30-2018 05:21 PM

I suppose it would work, but I’d be slightly worried about the center breadboard cupping and potentially bending the table in the middle. If the wood is old enough, it likely won’t drastically move anymore so it may be a non-issue.

If you did it this way I’d do a pinned breadboard, same as you’d do at the ends, but the center piece would have a mortise on both sides.

Could you cut the boards down and then glue them back together once the short sections are straightened out using a half-lap joint? If you then staggered the joints so that each half-lap glues to a solid piece next to it it would be incredibly strong.

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#2 posted 10-30-2018 07:16 PM

Do you have a planer? If so, you can build a sled and use that to flatten your lumber. Most planers will accommodate lumber up to 11” width or more. Depending on how crooked your lumber is, you may still waste more wood than you care to. If that is the case, then maxyedor’s idea is a good one. Take a look at the way a bowling alley is made; a series of short pieces put end to end and then glued side to side. As he said, make sure your joints are staggered. A nice touch might be to join the end to end pieces with finger joints or dove tails.

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