8ft x 4ft farmhouse table advice
I am new to the forum but have read a great many useful piece of advice here!
I have been making and selling mostly coffee tables for a year now from my smallish workshop at home. I came to it off the back of a 6 month job in a design and fabricate place where we mostly used plywood to make museum installations. So, my knowledge of 'proper' joinery is pretty lacking!
As my little business is growing I'm getting requests for stuff that's a bit more complex than gluing and screwing. One of these is for a large (8ft x 4ft) farmhouse table.
I've never made a tabletop that size before and would like some advice on-
a) whether gluing and biscuiting a tabletop that size will be sufficient
b) whether using scaffold board that has at some point been kept outside, but has now sat inside the house for about a week, will present problems in terms of shrinking/cracking etc - whether gluing rather than screwing will avoid this
c) Ideally I'd like to be able to transport the top not yet attached to the legs. So do I make the legs/apron using mortise and tenon joints, then attach the top? If so, how should the top be fixed to the apron, again to avoid problems with cracking
PS I have a pocket hole jig - should this be employed?
Sorry for all my naivety and thank you for any/all advice you're willing to give. If you're getting the general impression that I don't really know what I'm doing , then I've pitched this right! I'd love to be able to expand my skills well enough to do this table well - I really don't want to feel like I'm duping the customer in to trusting me with this.
Last edited by charisk; 11-13-2015 at 06:40 PM.