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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 11-24-2017 03:26 PM 853 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2017 03:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table wood flooring

Has anyone tried using hardwood flooring for table tops? I had my bathroom remodeled and they used Acacia wood, it’s not perfectly flat, it bevels a bit at the joint. I wonder if properly sealed, if it might be a better alternative to expensive hardwoods.

So Advice, opinions?

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#1 posted 11-24-2017 06:23 PM

Wood flooring is designed for floors, not table tops, but if you can find the hardwood used for bowling alley and gymnasium floors, that is flat enough for a table top. It should be readily available in maple; I don’t know what other woods would be available.

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#2 posted 11-24-2017 10:05 PM

I bought some pre-finished hardwood acacia for that intention, but haven’t made the table yet. I am thinking of making my kids a tree house and will probably use it furniture in the little house. I have too many projects going on right now, maybe after I get a few house leveling jobs done next month I can breathe and show you a picture of my tree house. I would be interested to seeing your finished product if you make that happen,

Thanks in advance,

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#3 posted 11-25-2017 12:52 AM

Only problem I see with using flooring for a table top is crumbs, dirt, water, etc. getting in the joints. If you were to rip off the T&G edges and edge glue it, it should eliminate that issue and work fine.

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#4 posted 11-25-2017 12:59 AM

My buddy did a bar top with it and it turned out good. I always thought the flooring would hold up well as long as it didn’t get to wet like around a sink.

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#5 posted 11-27-2017 03:02 PM

I had a pretty beat up coffee table that was bound for the trash, decided to put some prefinished 3/8” oak flooring over the top, and it looks exactly like flooring on a table top. crumbs and spills DO get in the cracks. If you top coated i’m sure it would hold up much better.

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