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Large Modular Rustic Tables

by FrysingerWoodcrafts
posted 12-05-2018 12:47 PM

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#1 posted 12-05-2018 03:02 PM

That’s a very ambitious project. I think your first choice should be Walnut because it’s a little bit lighter and very stable when dry. White oak is a close second for stability but it’s going to be heavy as hell.
The part that bugs me is I cannot picture big chunky tables and the words fairly quickly. Seems unreasonable
Have you considered two tables that come together to make one. If you match the grain it would appear to be one table. But then the legs there would be lots of legs.???
Good luck Hope you have the proper machinery Jointer ,planer ,tablesaw.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 12-05-2018 03:19 PM

My first thought was to build knockdown bases but you said cabinet bases. In that case wouldn’t a mobile base incorporated be the simplest way? Casters can be hidden and one end will have a foot pedal to lift it up and onto the wheels

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#3 posted 12-05-2018 04:28 PM


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#4 posted 12-05-2018 04:40 PM

Yep, casters. Or, depending on what kind of floor it is, simply padding the bottom may be sufficient to allow a couple of guys to slide the tables against the wall. I know I’ve moved some pretty heavy furniture by simply sliding a few of these things underneath in the past. Use the socks for hardwood or concrete and use the hard plastic for carpet.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 12-06-2018 02:10 AM

Thanks for the replies so far. The nice thing is that the tables will have a rough finish on top. They are going in a 150 year old school house, so he wants them to have a nice “rough” look. The reason for the modular setup is that the room is only 18’x30’ and he wants 4 tables that can be moved to open the center of the room when desired.

I’m meeting with him this weekend to discuss the tables some more. The plan is to have them done before Spring 2019.

I like the idea of bringing two tables together. I would just put the tables on casters and slide them out of the way. I feel like frequently disassembling something that large would put unnecessary wear and tear on it. The goal is for these tables to be around for decades or longer.

-- Frysinger Woodcrafts, Delaware, OH,

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