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cpbuck

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01-11-2019 08:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple joining milling

Hi all,

Are there any issues with making a table top with different width boards? The table will have breadboard ends.

I have some 6”, 8”, and 11” hard maple boards to make a table top out of. The table width will be 36” wide so my original plan was to use 6 – 6” boards. Seems wasteful to cut the wider boards down to width.

I have at least two of each width so I could use (2) 11” board + (2) 8” boards.

Thanks.


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OSU55

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#1 posted 01-11-2019 08:54 PM

No issues other than some may not like the non-symmetrical look. Its your table, its your decision. I would put the 11” in center and 8” outside. Cant envision an issue for the breadboards. Just space your tenons appropriately, which prbably means they are not centered on a given board.

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 01-11-2019 09:04 PM

11” wide boards are much, much more likely to warp than 6” boards. Breadboard ends help keep warping in check, but they don’t eliminate the issue. If your maple is flatsawn, it will be particularly prone to cupping across its width.

I think shooting for 6-8” width will be best.

Just lay the boards out and start trimming them one by one. The lumber will tell you what it wants to become, you just have to listen.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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