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Any issues gluing up table top with center planks 4/4 stock and outer edge/breadboards 6/4 o 8/4?

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Forum topic by SMP posted 01-10-2019 07:59 PM 805 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SMP

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01-10-2019 07:59 PM

I am going to build a kitchen island/table that will be about 8’ long and 3’ wide. Pricing out wood, 8/4 can get pretty expensive(Walnut), obviously 4/4 is much more affordable and plenty strong enough for the application. But I do like the look of thicker stock, either 6/4 or 8/4 around all the visible edges. This will also most likely have breadboards. I was just curious if there was any issue with gluing up say 6” planks with the 4 centers being 4/4 and the outer planks 8/4? I realize the glue up would be a little trickier, but mainly wanted to know if this would cause issues down the road.

Thanks!


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 01-10-2019 08:24 PM

I don’t see any issues. Obviously you’ll need to use 8/4 stock for your breadboards but once they’re in place, you won’t be able to tell the center boards are thinner unless you get under the table and look for it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 01-10-2019 08:44 PM

somewhere there’s a link to an article showing where the guy took some 4/4 stock and then cut off a section at the end and flipped it underneath to give an impression of a thicker table.

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SMP

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#3 posted 01-10-2019 10:11 PM



somewhere there s a link to an article showing where the guy took some 4/4 stock and then cut off a section at the end and flipped it underneath to give an impression of a thicker table.

- Steve

interesting, I thought about doubling up the edge. But every time I have seen it doubled up it has an unsightly glue line and different grain/color, so cheapens the look. Even on some expensive tables I have seen. Haven’t considered cutting and flipping to see if it makes it look more like one piece. I suppose I can try with a scrap

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#4 posted 01-10-2019 10:46 PM

I have made 2 dining room tables that I cut the edges all the way around and flipped glued and screwed to the top.
When the glue was dry I cut the edges all the way around at 45 degrees. You have to look really close to see the glue line using this method.

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#5 posted 01-11-2019 12:30 AM

Making thick, someone might even admire your table for its top and heft then what. Aww it’s fake.
6/4 rough is a good thickness to start with.

-- Aj

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