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post #1 of 5 Old 08-19-2015, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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noob: timber to table top

Hi,

I'd like to make a table, and the hardware store here has this wood (image 1) and I'd like to turn that into a table top, somewhat like image 2.

i'm a total noob, so i've been pretty unsuccessful googling for answers. Thing is wood looks really raw, and i'm not sure what type of wood its is either, and I don't know how to treat it.

I guess it needs sanding done, and staining, and some wood conditioner prior to staining? ya i'm a noob
If this is possible, any information would be appreciated, or some pointers in the right direction:)

thanks very much
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Here's a good primer on wood stability. I often use construction grade lumber for projects, but you have to have an understanding of how it's going to react and how to choose the right piece for the right application...
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The lumber you pictured is rough sawn hemlock and it's probably green. This is not something you can make furniture from. it will shrink, twist and warp like you can't believe. Many of the black knots will work loose, some will fall out. The table you linked is about 3" thick, the lumber you linked is only 2". The extra thickness adds stability to that construction. With that design and that lumber, you are way behind the eight ball before starting. I would start looking for some 3" pine that is reasonably dry if you want to proceed and get that look. There is quite a lot to making that table but proper lumber selection is the first step and you need to know what to look for and how to look at each board.
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Awesome links and information, got some new keywords too! Glad I didn't go down the trial and error route, of what would be severe errors.
Thanks again guys for both your help. It has definitly led me in the right direction, will carry on researching in choosing lumber, and will try some other suppliers.
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Yep---that's some rough lumber and would require smoothing before you glue it up---

See if you have a good lumber yard or better yet a hardwood supply house near by---

Many hardwood companies also offer gluing and wide belt sanding services.
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