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07-08-2018 09:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: birch table top table top advise recommendations

Hey everyone,

I’m a woodworking hobbyist with a few years of self-learning. I’m currently attempting to build a table top for a rise to stand table.

My project so far:

1. piece of birch 60” Long X 27” Wide X 1.5” thick – I need a piece that’s 31.5 wide X 65” long
2. would like to add mesquite to the birch (60” Long X 27” Wide X 1.5” thick) to meet the dimensions 31.5 wide X 65” long


1. would joining the birch and mesquite be a good or start from scratch
2. concerned with shrinking and expansion

thank you in advance

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#1 posted 07-08-2018 09:50 PM

Birch and mesquite are going to expand at different rates with changes in humidity. However, that should not be a major problem for making the piece wider. Ripping the birch and adding a center piece of mesquite or adding two mesquite pieces along the edges should be OK. The problem comes in adding the 5” to the length. If you were to add a mesquite breadboard on both ends you have a cross grain situation. The center panel would expand and contract with changes in humidity much more than the breadboard ends. You will have to use the common breadboard joinery methods to allow for the expansion.

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#2 posted 07-16-2018 01:16 AM


Thank you for the advice. I have not started the project as of yet but will definitely into the breadboard ends.

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#3 posted 07-16-2018 01:06 PM

60” Long X 27” Wide X 1.5” thick
that sounds like the standard 27 or 28” Lauan Door to me.
with hardwood ends and edgebanding of contrasting color.


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