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02-11-2020 08:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak flooring dining table reclaimed biscuit joiner trestle oak flooring

HI all,

I am new to this forum and have recently acquired some 3/4” thick oak flooring from a house built in 1977. The owners were throwing it away and I thought it would make for some nice projects. I have made several furniture pieces over the years but no large dining tables. I wanted to run my plan by this community for some help and ideas.

I am thinking about a knock down trestle table or some sort of table that I can take apart so its not hard to move. I want the table to be 10’ in length.
The oak flooring is tongue and groove and ranges from 2”-4”width and thickness is 3/4”. I have 18”- 84” lengths to choose from.

I plan on planing all the wood so I have a clean surface and same thickness boards.
For the top I was thinking biscuit joining the long horizontal boards together or utilizing the existing tongue/groove to secure them together. I am open to other ideas for securing the thin planks together to span a large table. I would like a thick looking top so I thought about a picture frame border around the perimeter of the table top to give the illusion of thick material.

But how do I secure the top to the base? I have considered battens, or small screw-in clips/table skirt.

If I mill all the wood down, can I glue up long boards to create thicker stock? I would use this for the base/legs. So 3/4” mill down – I could get 1-1/4” thick boards (estimate) to work with? Is this a bad idea?

I considered using hidden T-nuts for easy disassembly of the top from the base to prevent strip out of the wood from multiple take downs.


I have attached some photos of the flooring I will be using.

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#1 posted 02-12-2020 03:41 PM

Select your best pieces and edge glue them using the existing tongue and groove. Because they are only 3/4” to begin with, I would not pre-plane them. Glueup your table top panel and then machine sand it to level and smooth the surface. The bottom side won’t matter much. A “picture frame” border is fine but, do not glue the end pieces. Look up how to do a breadboard end. Otherwise, you will have expansion/contraction issues that could end up splitting your finished top.
Build your base first so it will be ready for fastening down the top when it is finished. Build in several cross supports perhaps 18” on center that will be perpendicular to the top grain. Use washer head screws through elongated holes through these cross supports to fasten down the top. The elongated holes will allow for cross grain expansion/contraction.
Good luck and show us some pictures when it’s done.
I would not try laminating the pieces. First, I don’t think it is necessary. Second, I think you might end up having wood movement issues.

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#2 posted 02-12-2020 05:49 PM

Honestly I would save the flooring for another use. A ten foot table will look out of scale with only a 3/4” thick top and joining all of those small planks will be a real headache.

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#3 posted 02-12-2020 06:28 PM

If you haven’t noticed already, often times the lower mating surfaces are cut back a bit to allow the upper mating surfaces to butt up tight. If you don’t account for this, you may end up with a curved top.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 02-12-2020 07:49 PM

If it was me, I’d nail them to a 3/4” plywood base using a hardwood flooring nailer. Thicker edge trim from there with breadboard ends as stated previously. I’m not much of a furniture builder though, so take it with a grain of salt. :)

-- Darrel

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#5 posted 02-12-2020 10:24 PM

Yeah if you are dead set in using these pieces that are already on the thin side and none long enough to reach the full length you want. I would probably do a herringbone pattern or something nailed to plywood. Little pieces going longways look too choppy for my taste. But at least a herringbone or something like that confuses your eye.

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