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04-12-2019 06:00 PM

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I would like some help and suggestions for an upcoming project. I need to build a 60” dia round kitchen table. Unlike most round tables, this table will have four legs instead of a center column. I have several questions/thoughts about the design. The table to fit the rest of our furniture will be oak.

1. What to make the table top out of. At first I was thinking of two layers of 3/4” Baltic birch plywood with oak veneer on top and oak edging around the sides. The other option is to use solid oak wood for the top. If I do that what would the recommended thickness be? 6/4 or 8/4?

2. I do not have a lathe, so the legs will be square. I want them to be fairly substantial, 8/4 might be a bit small. I am thinking of going with a made up leg, using 6/4 lumber and locked miter joints for the legs.

3. I will probably make the rails between the legs out of 6/4 lumber.

Thank you in advanced for your comments, suggestions and answers.

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#1 posted 04-12-2019 07:05 PM

I would go for the plywood method. Then you can have fun with veneer buy some nice looking stuff or even go with a sun burst top.
6/4 is a very Good thickness

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#2 posted 04-12-2019 08:06 PM

I have a 60” table with a solid 4/4 top but a 6/4 would look nice. It also has a 3” skirt set about 1” in from the edge which stiffens the table and adds depth of thickness.
The last round table I made was solid oak and I added the skirt by routing a 3/4” wide groove in the the bottom of the table top for the skirt and the skirt itself was made up of laminated 1/8” plywood strips (solid wood could also be used in thin strips) with the final outside layer being veneered oak. I used the routed groove to align and hold the laminated layers of the skirt in place, along with clamps, while the glue set up. then I added glued and screwed triangular braces on the inside to to further support it.

You could add some decorative cuts to the legs with a router. Either length wise or horizontally around the square. There are lots of possibilities there to make the legs look more craftsman like.

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#3 posted 04-12-2019 09:40 PM

Its going to be really hard to make a round plywood table not look cheap. I would spend the money on 6/4 or at the least 4/4 and double up around the rim.
As for legs, if you don’t have a lathe and want something more interesting than square, you could cut/plane an angle so they taper. I have also purchased from Osborne before and they make really nice legs.

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#4 posted 04-13-2019 12:54 PM

+1 for going all hardwood, I see it with an apron attached to 4 tapered legs

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#5 posted 04-16-2019 05:01 PM

I like the idea of purchasing already turned round legs. Cost difference between solid wood and BB ply is not that great. However glued-up panels do have a tendency to warp over time which is why I am considering plywood. I will have to make a model, I don’t know how a skirt will look with four legs.

Thank all of you for your suggestions.

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