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post #1 of 3 Old 07-09-2019, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Planning on building a farmhouse table. Would 1 x 6 boards be too thin for the top? Probably using poplar or pine as oak is expensive. Table will be 72 x 36.
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-09-2019, 01:07 PM
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Yep, too thin.

It wouldn't look right and it wouldn't hold up well either. A minimum top thickness is 1 1/2" . You can use Southern Yellow Pine for the top, but check around for Oak from a lumber mill, not a box store. Look for boards with end grain that's vertical rather than sweeping arcs like a dinner plate to reduce cupping. Talk to the mill operator and tell him what you are making for the best results.

Do not glue any cross supports under the top as it will restrict wood movement and cause the top boards to split. Search for "how to" on farmhouse and trestle tables for more information. For example:

Read the responses about "why wood warps" here:

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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No not to thin at all...It more depends on joinery and design than board thinness for the most part. I design and build several traditional versions of these a year, and usually of 100% green wood (aka has not been dried.)

Submit your design and I can look at are building an actual Harvest or Farm table and not a modern "glue and screw Frankenstein" build...

Good Luck,

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