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Metal framed wood table, will expansion be an issue?

I've got a good deal of wood scraps from other projects laying about and am thinking of making a colored epoxy table, something like this: Where the blocks are my scraps, the area between will be ...
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Does the edge profile of a tabletop really matter?

I'm building a dining table and I try to follow the "form follows function" philosophy. I need to decide what type of edge to put on my table (round over, bullnose, ogee, beveled, etc). I know I at ...
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How should I attached table top to crossed aprons?

The aprons are 1" wide and 3.5" tall. The table is made from 3 1x8 boards. I'd like to figure out a way to attach the top that accounts for wood movement. Would those figure eight washers or cleats ...
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Board Gaming Coffee Table?

I'm trying to design a board game coffee table and really bashing my head against the wall with this one. Some features I'm looking to get: Smaller foot print ~3'x3' (this is lax) Expands to 6'x'4 ...
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Double Dutch Pull-out on the same side of the table

I'm thinking of a way to hide a open "drawer" under a desk without actually implementing a drawer: I would have an open space under the desk, along with plane sections I can "remove" to access the ...
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Is wood-glue enough or should I use extra support?

I am building a 2' x 2' bar table, which will be either supported by a single metal base (like this) or by wooden legs at the corners. For the table-top, I'm planning on using Poplar from Lowe's in ...
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Can these tree tunks be used for a small table?

The other day I found these two sections of a tree trunk in the street. So I'm wondering, can they be prepared to be used as some type of rustic stump table?
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What is the minimal spacing between edge of leg pommel and mortise and tenon apron (intersected by tusk tenon)

I would like to balance aesthetics and strength for a craftsman-style tusked tenon table frame. Are there rules of thumb to determine how close to the leg corner an apron should be? (as a preamble, I ...
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Building a kitchen table to hold a fishtank

I have a fishtank with the following dimensions: Length: 4 ft Depth: 1 ft Height: 1.5ft Total volume: 170l The tank is fairly hefty glass, and has a flat base (Which means the weight will be evenly ...
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Are these work desk joints strong enough?

For my first woodworking project I'd like to build a polygon shaped, heavy duty work desk. I've modeled the desk with all necessary pieces in Fusion 360. I wanted my mortise and tenon joints ...
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Guess How much Weight the table can hold

i am new to wood working and just made my first wood table. I was trying to calculate how much weight will it hold on its top but i cannot reach any conclusion. So if any of you have any experience ...
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Designing and Building a Through-Leg Table

A popular, modern style of table has the legs going through the table top, so that the end grain of the leg is exposed. Of course, the problem with this design immediately becomes the expansion and ...
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Food safe and weather/rot resistance

Looking for a wood sealer that I can put on a grill table that will protect from the elements and is food safe. The table is made out of a bunch of scrap pine and 2 × 4's, Any ideas?
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How to increase maximum load capacity of a table?

I've never worked with wood before but would like to create my very first desk. Please let me know if this is a good idea and how to improve upon it! I plan to get a cheap desk from ikea: http://m....
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Would 4 post legs work on an 8' x 40“ x 1” table?

I just finished (ok, I still need to poly it) a dining table top. I have not decided on the type of legs I will be attaching to it yet. One of the two leg types I was considering was 4 "post" legs (3"...
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Is standard box joinery sturdy enough for a hollow table leg?

I'm planning to make a desk with adjustable height. I want the legs to be two pieces: a lower, thicker leg from which a thinner upper leg can telescope. This means that the lower legs will essentially ...
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Panel Flatness During Table Top Glue Up

I recently attempted a panel glue up consisting of 7 2"x6"x6' planks of reclaimed yellow pine. The boards were planed flat on one side and edge jointed. All went well it seemed during the glue up (i.e....
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How to stabilize a table with hairpin legs?

I screwed these hairpin legs https://www.hcstore.net/Hairpin-Leg-Triplo-75cm to a simple wood board to make a dining table, but the table is too unstable. I know that tables must have this framing ...
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Installing a solid wood tabletop on this steel frame

I would like to screw this solid wood tabletop (the long one in the back, it's beech wood) onto this steel frame. The slab's dimensions are going to be 200 x 80 cm. I read that "wood moves", so I ...
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Prevent warping but allow planing

I'm getting ready to make a desktop by gluing up thirty 72"H x 1.5"W x .75"D boards of alternating Maple and Mahogany. I'll be gluing the boards on there faces for a final desktop that's ~6' wide and ~...
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Box joints for this table with just jigsaw and chisel?

I'm planning on replicating this side table. It looks nice, but of course from a stability point of view that is probably one of the worst table designs to come up with ;). A lot of force is on ...
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Farmer Table Legs

Starting on a farmer's table and have it all how I want it designed, but I'm looking for assurance on my method of attaching the legs. I don't have a bountiful workshop, but I do have a table saw and ...
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How to cut and join “wedges” of plywood to form a perfect circle

My wife wants a new dining room table -- a round one of about 4.5' in diameter. I am constructing it out of rift sawn white oak. I will be using 3/4" ply for the table top (MDF core) and then ...
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horizontal stability of a table

I'm making a table and I wonder how to improve the horizontal stability so that the table does not wobble/move from left to right. Here are the details: The table width is 160cm, depth 70cm, height ...
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Leg basics for stools, chairs, table

I hope this question is not too general. I would like to make this table: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/moravian-stool-2 It mentions the dimensions : 1-5⁄8″ square at the top and 1″ at ...
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horizontal stablity [duplicate]

I'm making a table and I wonder if it will be horizontally stable. Here are the details: The table width is 160cm, depth 70cm, height 76cm. The table top is 6cm thick and is made out of block-board (...
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Best way to attach metal legs to corner desk? Do I need extra support?

I'm making my own office desk, I'm 2m04cm so the height and depth are appropriate. I've made the desk top from reclaimed floorboards. It's 1 inch thick, the supports underneath are from the same ...
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How do I stop the table I built from wobbling/shaking side to side?

I got a wood cut and bought adjustable table legs, secured the legs to the wood, but the table wobbles/shakes horribly side to side, and sometimes even the other way when i even only write something ...
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polyurethane finish krinkles?

I've been having the hardest time with one little section of a table I am finishing. I am using Varathane oil based clear polyurethane. I've been spraying it on with a 20% turpentine / 80% varathane ...
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Best method to attach an edge board to an end-table top board

I'm making a end-table topper out of 1 3/8" butcher block for over the top of a subwoofer. I posted a question about how to route out the center of a board. It was determined that although it is ...
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Convert a minimalist bench design into a desk

I saw this tutorial and I really want to build it for a workspace area at my job. The measurements of this bench were 16″ high x 40″ long x 13.5″ deep, but I'd like to make a table that's 29" high x ...
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Can I use half-lap joint for table breadboard?

I am building a farm table and it seems that the standard joinery method for the breadboards is mortise and tenon. M&T intimidates me a bit, so wondering if a half-lap breadboard would function ...
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Building a table for aquarium

About 6 months ago, I built an aquarium wood table (stand). to build it, I used pine wood 0.63" sheets. for 5-6 months it was great, though few days ago I noticed that the top sheet that the aquarium ...
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Warped Walnut Slabs

I have 2 walnut slabs I want to make a table with but they are slightly warped, is there anyway to flatten these back out with water and weight or by bolting the wood down to a frame and then ...
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How to attach table legs to wood that is too thin?

I'm trying to attempt to make use of some wood that I've got and turn it into a table. I've looked everywhere for table legs which I can screw into the wood but every table leg I see needs a minimum ...
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How can I create a planked wood table top with a plywood core?

I was looking at this table made by Harp Design company Melissa Table The description describes the top's construction as: Each top is crafted from reclaimed old growth pine which is planed down ...
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Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops?

I am learning furniture building. I started by building tables using pocket hole screws to attach the planks together and also to attach the table top to the apron/base. I am now converting to using ...
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How to fix a 2x4 table that is too heavy for its own good?

I made a table by gluing 2x4's together on the long side (4" side). This resulted in a table of abnormal weight. Now the table is sagging in the middle. Overall table dimensions are 31"X50". Can I ...
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buying a extendable table slide or doing it by myself? [closed]

An amateur, didn't learn the trade. My question is should I try to make a track and pinion slide on my own, or I shouldn't bother. There is on both sides a positive and negative. To make it alone I ...
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Building a large dining table and wondering if my design is strong/structurally sound enough

The table is 9' 6" L × 36" W × 29" tall. The frame and the legs will be 1 ½" T. Apron on the side is 2" T, 1" tapering to 1" at the end. The legs are 4" W at the top, tapering to 2" at the bottom. ...
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Follow up, camber extendable table with the rack and pinion

In my last question of camber I was in the dark. Through WW.SE I got good answers, now I know what it is, and why it's needed in extendable tables. Now my question: is it necessary to put camber on ...
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What is the strongest join for splayed legs?

I intend to make a splayed leg dining room table similar to the ones in these images: Because dining room tables typically support a good deal of weight, I'm concerned about the amount of stress ...