Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Round Table Mistake NEED HELP
Hello Forum, this is my first post mainly because I am seeking advice or ideas on how to fix a problem I encountered when building my first round table with a ring. So here is the short story:
I am making a 54" round table with the outside 3" being a separate ring with the middle being an inlayed pattern. I calculated my octagon, and setup my circle cutting jig for my router to cut the inside and outside circles. This process went great and had no problems with the circles other than needing to buy a larger cut length bit for my router. Where my problem lies is in my joining of the octagon. I have seen some use pocket holes, but I didn't like the look of that and decided to use wooden dowels in the miters to add strength to the joints. Where I messed up is I managed to center one of the dowels on the outside ring of the circle. The top is a small amount oversized to allow me to use a router and round the top and bottom edges, but only by about an 1/8th of an inch. the dowels are cut almost in half and have a depth of about 3/8" from the outside edge cut in the center of the 1 5/8" thick ring (top to bottom thickness).
Now to fix the issue there are two things that come to mind off the top of my head.
1. Apply stainable edge banding around the outside circle and apply the round over to the top and the bottom but just enough to take the sharp edges off.
2. Route a pattern on the bottom edge of the table to reduce the area with the dowel to the wood and add some detail to the table edge. The client sent a picture of a fairly plain table but I do not think that this would detract from the vision as this is a custom piece made nothing more than 2 pictures of what she likes. This option would help in not having the edge banding from being seen on the solid wood table.
Things to note: The finish on the table will be sort of a gray wash/ gray dry brush look, so the finish might help hide minor imperfections but I don't think it will hide dowel holes even if I clean the holes and use a good stainable wood putty to fill the spots. The customer does not want the wood to have the ruff feel on top, just the design of the samples. I don't have any pictures of the outside edge but do of the inside ring and sample pics to give an idea of what the customer is asking and what I am trying to accomplish. I have been a hobby woodworker for about 2-3 years and just this last year started to get too many orders to just do as a hobby and almost have too many orders to do part time! Surprised how quickly things are growing.