Farmhouse Table Base Species

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Forum topic by Autorotate posted 05-25-2016 01:07 AM 800 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2016 01:07 AM

Hello all,

I am doing my first Farmhouse Table (96”x48”x7/4) and get a few hours a week to devote to it. The top is from old wormy chestnut barn trusses. I am at the point where I am going to purchase the wood for the aprons, legs, and supports. I wanted to see some recommendations on the base pieces that will be painted with milk paint for a more rustic look.

I have never turned wood and the wife wants a 5” bun style leg so I am going to purchase them most likely from

The cost can get a little pricey for a 5” leg and was wondering what you thought about the knotty pine? My other choice would be the soft maple, but would have to ask my local mill if they also had these species for the other pieces. I do not want to purchase the apron kits because I would like to mill, mortise, and tenon myself. And they also only offer 1” aprons and I am probably going with 2”x4”.

Any recommendations on table bases? Thanks!

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#1 posted 05-25-2016 01:40 AM

Soft Maple would be a better choice than Pine in my opinion.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 05-25-2016 01:55 AM

Thank you. I really wanted the soft maple as opposed to pine as well. However, for $25-30 more a leg I wanted to see some opinions.

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#3 posted 05-25-2016 01:56 AM

I turn a lot of farm table and island legs and most of them are to be painted. I use both white and yellow pine if the design of the table goes in that direction for their look.

I use paint grade soft maple and popular for probably 75% most of the time. I can buy paint grade soft maple and premium popular for about the same price, less than two bucks a board foot. I enjoy turning both woods and they sand smooth.

I’ll buy either 4/4 or 5/4 and glue up. I’ve got to turn all four woods this week for tables. Whatever wood I turn the legs with i use for the frame also.

I’ve turned a leg similar to the one you want many times, It’s a pretty leg. I also use a duplicator I made over 20 years ago.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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