noob: timber to table top - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 Old 08-19-2015, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 2
View xav_B's Photo Album My Photos
noob: timber to table top


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
xav_B is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 08-19-2015, 04:30 PM
Senior Member
NickDIY's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Posts: 436
View NickDIY's Photo Album My Photos
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...
NickDIY is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 08-19-2015, 11:40 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Maine
Posts: 1,932
View Hammer1's Photo Album My Photos
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.
Hammer1 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 5 Old 08-20-2015, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 2
View xav_B's Photo Album My Photos
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.
xav_B is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 08-20-2015, 09:25 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Location: northern illinois
Posts: 845
View mikeswoods's Photo Album My Photos
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.
mikeswoods is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Not liking the Spar Urethane finish on my dining room table Woodworking Nonna Wood Finishing 8 07-21-2016 11:32 PM
Router table or Shaper harvest General Woodworking Discussion 21 08-19-2015 08:08 AM
Table Saw with a Circular Saw, with riving knife KADAMBI Power Tools & Machinery 15 08-17-2015 01:18 PM
attaching a table top vadim04 General Woodworking Discussion 5 08-16-2015 01:43 PM
Craftsman Table saw Attachment tchara Power Tools & Machinery 4 08-03-2015 12:05 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome