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Dovetail table top

by PhillipRCW
posted 08-24-2016 09:33 PM


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JADobson

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 09:50 PM

There might be some concern about weakening the joint as you have endgrain running across your dovetail. They could be prone to breaking off. But if you can get the joint together without any problems I imagine it would hold up alright. disclaimer – I’ve never made anything like this, just conjecturing.

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Texcaster

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 09:52 PM

Long grain dovetails are inherently weak. That said, Howard Klepper seems to manage.

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 11:13 PM

Small, long-grain tails would be prone to breaking. End-to-end dovetails aren’t very strong either.
What about dovetail shaped inlays to give the illusion of one wood species lapping into the other?

If you are set on trying it, I would make the sockets large compared to the tails. This will maximize the long-grain surface area.

Another option is to cut the dovetails in a veneer, then apply the veneer to an appropriate substrate.

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jwmalone

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#4 posted 08-25-2016 12:19 AM

I was browsing pics of quarter sawn oak and saw this.

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PhillipRCW

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#5 posted 08-25-2016 01:00 PM



Small, long-grain tails would be prone to breaking. End-to-end dovetails aren t very strong either.
What about dovetail shaped inlays to give the illusion of one wood species lapping into the other?

If you are set on trying it, I would make the sockets large compared to the tails. This will maximize the long-grain surface area.

Another option is to cut the dovetails in a veneer, then apply the veneer to an appropriate substrate.

- pintodeluxe

I’m thinking these “dovetails” would be all the way through and at least 6-8” long. I have some large 34” wide X framed metal legs that I made for a dining table, so the top needs to be substantial enough for that. I could even route out a little area under the table and run a few metal straps across it to help it stay together.

I understand the risk of end grain being on the dovetails, but I am horrible with veneer, so I think I’d steer clear of that option for now.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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PhillipRCW

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#6 posted 08-25-2016 01:07 PM



I was browsing pics of quarter sawn oak and saw this.

- jwmalone

That is gorgeous. I’ve seen a few designs like this and I definitely want to try my hand joining a few slabs like this. I have some cottonwood rounds that would be pretty cool to do this too. I think for this table I want to do the solid seam down the center with contrasting colors though. I need something for the shows to just grab people and make them not want to leave. Maybe this will be it, maybe not, but it’s stuck in my head now and I just need to find the right way to do it.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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shipwright

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#7 posted 08-25-2016 01:21 PM

It would be a piece of cake with veneer.

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