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post #1 of 7 Old 08-19-2015, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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farm table construction advice

greetings wood workers,

i am trying to build a farm/parsons table and need advice on securing wood the right type and plans. since i dont have a wood shop im considering having the lumber milled into a kit and assembling it at home if such a thing is possible.

ive frequented craigslist for a long time and not found the particular dimensions i need 30 high by 5 1/2 long by 30 wide. this table will function as a bread dough kneading and meat cutting table and needs to be stout, as it will also be the platform of several heavy appliances. i intend to season it with food grade mineral oil.

i would like a hard wood maybe oak or some other dense grain wood but would welcome advice on wood choice for this project.

here are some pictures of the specific design i need.

i would prefer the top to be one solid piece achieved by titebonding the top planks together. the joinery for the 44 legs is unclear but somewhere there must be a classic joinery plan for this type table.

i should think the minimum plank thickness for the table top should be no less than two inches. if i could get the lumber i may be able to hire a local carpenter with the necessary tools to glue and clamp the table top and mill the rest in a form and fashion that i may be able to assemble it at home. because ive been looking so long and am otherwise unable to find exactly what i want locally or online i thought to solicit this forum in hopes of getting some feedback as to what the lumber may cost and a carpenters fee to mill all the parts of this table.

thanks for your input.

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Oak would not be a good choice given the intended use...unless you will use a grain filler. The reason is Oak is an open-grain wood and since you plan to use it for food preparation, the open grain can harbor bacteria and such. A better choice would be maple or maybe fir (not sure what part of the country you are in, so some woods are more plentiful than others).

Traditionally, tables are made with the legs and skirt as one piece, then the table is secured using one of several methods, but one that will allow the wood to expand and contract across the width of the grain.

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Two inches thick is going to be heavy!
Here is a table I built for a lady that wanted a new table top. Heavy even for two people to pick up and carry. It is about 1 5/8 inch x 39 x 65 or somewhere thereabouts. I forgot the exact dimensions.

Made using 8/4 hard maple.
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What you want is a cabinet shop to make a table for you and not do final assembly. If you can find someone to do that it will probably be almost as expensive as having them do the complete job.

There is no "mill" that would do that type of job.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-19-2015, 08:40 PM
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here's the top

Just use this for the top and have some legs made or use some of the stands from Grizzly:



The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Buy this bench and just plug the dog holes. :-)
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thanks everyone... great solutions...
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