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Small kitchen table

Hi everyone,

I'm working on this small table to be placed in my kitchen.
As you can see it's still a work in progress.

What y'all think? Any suggestions on finishing it?

I'm using standard pine wood.

I'll keep this topic updated with the next steps.

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nice looking project so far. you may be anchoring the table top to the aprons a little to aggressively. you will find that the top needs to move - expand and contract - with the seasonal climate changes. if anchored without the ability to move, things will likely start cracking... top, joinery, or both.
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nice looking project so far. you may be anchoring the table top to the aprons a little to aggressively. you will find that the top needs to move - expand and contract - with the seasonal climate changes. if anchored without the ability to move, things will likely start cracking... top, joinery, or both.
Well I really didn't think about that, it maybe a problem in the future since I live on a city with very low air humidity....

In the other hand I was try to built it as sturdy as possible and avoid any unwanted "play" in the joints.

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Hi everyone,

I'm working on this small table to be placed in my kitchen.
As you can see it's still a work in progress.

What y'all think? Any suggestions on finishing it?

I'm using standard pine wood.

I'll keep this topic updated with the next steps.

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looks nice. pine is soft, but i like the look and use a lot of it too
i made a friend a similar table for his computer desk, still looks good with 7 years use
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looks nice. pine is soft, but i like the look and use a lot of it too

i made a friend a similar table for his computer desk, still looks good with 7 years use
Yeah it is soft indeed. But here in Brazil it is abundant and relatively cheap. Other types of hard woods are very expensive

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Well I really didn't think about that, it maybe a problem in the future since I live on a city with very low air humidity....

In the other hand I was try to built it as sturdy as possible and avoid any unwanted "play" in the joints.
It is a good looking table. I like the legs through the top design for aesthetics. Problem is that it limits how the top can interact with the frame. In this type of build you would need to allow for top expansion by increasing the gap between the top and legs.

I agree on the assessment on the tabletop anchoring. You may live in a low humidity city, but what if it rains for a month? What if you decide to move to a more humid climate? If the top ever expands, it's likely going to push out on the leg tops and loosen up your joints.

Consider looking into tabletop fasteners, and how to use them, which would allow the top to "float".

You wouldn't be the only new woodworker to fall into this trap. I also did. This table may last you quite a while as it is built. You'll probably want to modify the design in future builds. Woodworking is a learning process, and we learn from our mistakes.
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It is a good looking table. I like the legs through the top design for aesthetics. Problem is that it limits how the top can interact with the frame. In this type of build you would need to allow for top expansion by increasing the gap between the top and legs.



I agree on the assessment on the tabletop anchoring. You may live in a low humidity city, but what if it rains for a month? What if you decide to move to a more humid climate? If the top ever expands, it's likely going to push out on the leg tops and loosen up your joints.



Consider looking into tabletop fasteners, and how to use them, which would allow the top to "float".



You wouldn't be the only new woodworker to fall into this trap. I also did. This table may last you quite a while as it is built. You'll probably want to modify the design in future builds. Woodworking is a learning process, and we learn from our mistakes.
Thanks for your feedback!
I've chosen this design because of the way it looks, really didn't thought about wood expansion or retraction due to weather .... I guess I'll have to wait and see what happens in the future.
One thing is for sure: woodworking is something that you are always learning !!

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