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post #1 of 5 Old 09-04-2013, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Dining Table Design

My wife and I have looked for a new dining table but can't find anything we like for a reasonable price. We are looking for something with a rustic look using reclaimed wood and a wash finish. The size we need is 60" x 40" which further limits our choices. I am thinking of repurposing our exsiting table by reusing the base and putting a new top on it. I found a local source for reclaimed barn siding. It comes in approx 1 inch thickness and they can mill to even thickness and put edges on it. I am thinking of using something like 1/2" baltic birch plywood and then put the barnwood on top of it and add another layer of barnwood around the edges below the top so it apears 2 inches thick. The plywood will will help to give a flat surface and provide additonal strength. I don't think just 1 inch thick barnwood edge glued together will be strong enough. I would like to finish it with a lime wash and possibly some stain but will have to experiment. Suggestion appreciated.

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Doesn't sound like a bad idea to me. I know one of the antique heart pine companies here sometimes recommend making a thinner countertop and putting a "thicker" trim band around it to make it appear as though the whole top is thicker. Something you could try which may suit your budget is similar to what these folks are doing...
I can't find the one I saw the other day but they basically made an old looking farm house table out of new 2x6s, 2x4s, etc.
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After some more thought I think I will build a frame out of 1x4 or 1x6 and use screw from the bottom side to mount it to the top. It will be lighter than the plywood and I think strong enough.
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According to your thoughts, I would use " plywood not ", if I was to use plywood at all. I would joint and edge glue the boards for the top, but not fix them (to include gluing) to the plywood. They need to be able to expand across their width.

The center of the glue up can be screwed to the plywood from the bottom, and elongated holes for the balance of the width. Likewise, firmly attaching an edge along the end grain will prohibit cross grain movement. It could be attached to the plywood.

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I think these should do the trick.
I have seen them used on some dining tables I saw at some furniture stores:

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