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post #1 of 5 Old 06-07-2011, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Starting the dining room table

For years my wife and I have wanted a square dining room table that will seat 8 people (we are a family of 6). About 9 months ago a friend GAVE me a lot of 5/4 cherry of various widths and most over 8 feet long. He also gave me a piece of 9/4 cherry that I am going to us for the legs. All the wood has been stick stacked in an old abandoned house for over 8 years and in my garage for 8 months.

I am now ready to start building the top. My tools are a 1966 craftsman radial arm saw, a ridgid 6 1/8 jointer, dewalt 733 planer, porter cable router and table, pc plate joiner, 10 in miter saw and various hand power tool include a pocket hole jig.

The table will be about 5 foot square; contemporary with tapered leg. The overall design is simple but I am not sure how I want to join the table pieces together to make the top.

Even though I have a kreg jig I don't want to use it for this top. I have thought about just butt joining it with glue alone. Or I could use the biscuit joiner or may be even a spline.

I would love to hear your suggestions. I am going to start milling tonight!!
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Bisquits or splines add strength(glue surface) and alignment. Make it in halves with tracks, and allow for an insert(s). That way the table can be smaller when not needed.
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IMO, since you are starting with 5/4 that by the time you get it cleaned up you would be better off gluing up to the size as big as your planer will run without splines or bisquits. Then run them through planer to desired thickness then use bisquits to finish gluing.
Can't wait to see progress.

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Great suggestion. That would mean gluing two boards at a time then planing them since I was planning on ripping the boards to just under 6 1/8 so they can go through my jointer.
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Sounds like a nice project.

On this thread, I show how I joint boards wider than my jointer, that way you won't have to rip them and glue them back together
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