Douglas Fir Table Splay angle

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Forum topic by NeophyteGrant posted 08-17-2019 05:56 PM 799 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2019 05:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dining table joinery design project

I’ve got less than a year left on a rental before my girlfriend and I buy, so I’m building a dining room table out of D Fir—both for the practice and for the lesser expense (and since I’ll be designing for a new space in a year when I can build it bigger, more permanent and out of a better wood.

I designed the table with two splay angles, 12d and 6d. I’d imagine both would be fine, and aesthetically like the 6d better. What do you guys think? The rail will be tenoned in for each leg assembly. The stringers for the apron I’m going to make out of 2x stock and cross-dowel so I can disassemble it.

The top I’m going to laminate small strips, either edge grain or face grain—not sure. I’m not sure if this will do that much for stability with the small strips or if 3 inch long strips is fine.

Any tips, things blatantly out of wack? Finishing advice?

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#1 posted 08-17-2019 07:48 PM

I like the bottom pic the best.
I’m also have a small side table project going on right now with a 5 degree splay

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 08-17-2019 08:26 PM

Douglas Fir is a rather hardy and durable wood for out door use. It’s used to build walk way bridges, and bridges for roads for counties and states. After you move into your new home and build another dining room table, you could use this for a outdoor picnic table or shorten the legs for a coffee table.

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#3 posted 08-21-2019 02:22 AM

Thanks guys!

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