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Forum topic by ravensrock posted 05-21-2017 03:14 PM 665 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2017 03:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question ash

I am in the process of building a dining table from ash that will have breadboard ends. The original plan was to make the top 1 1/4” thick. Unfortunately my lumber guy only had 4/4 stock. I picked up a bunch anyway thinking I can add some trim to the edges somehow to give the illusion of a thicker top. I don’t want to be able to feel it if I put my hands under the table or see any glue joint if possible.

Maybe I’m making this more complicated in my head. But how would you guys do this? What about wood movement? Should the breadboards themselves just be the full 1 1/4”? Would the “trim” underneath go all the way to the aprons?

I know there was an article in a recent Fine Woodworking about this that involved mitering along the length of the table. I’d like to find a simpler solution if possible. Thanks in advance!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#1 posted 05-21-2017 05:06 PM

Oh yeah there is a very simple solution go back and get some 6/4 Ash tell him you need 6/4 ask for rough sawn.Take the 4/4 back or sticker it for a later project.
Start your project with what was in your heart!

-- Aj

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#2 posted 05-21-2017 05:18 PM

You can add some trim pieces all around,
square the edge and glue on a 1/8” thick
piece of solid wood edge band. Then put
a 1/8” bevel on it and the glue joint
will virtually disappear.

You may need to call around but you can
probably find 6/4 in driving distance. There
are commercial suppliers that don’t really
advertise to the public. Sometimes they can
be found in a business-to-business phone

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#3 posted 05-21-2017 06:39 PM

I would have gotten 6/4 from him if he would have had it. I have another source for 6/4 but it’s significantly more expensive.
Loren- I thought about this and will do it if needed to hide any glue line.

This will be 48” wide and 84” long made up of boards around 6”. I’ll use my new Domino to help with alignment! Maybe I’ll glue up the outer 6” board to give the thicker look. I could maybe find enough 8/4 to mill the breadboards down to 1 1/4” without having to glue them up. Should that work?

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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