[quote=Chad Portman;1376234]First of all thank you for taking the time to reply. Yes it is going to be a very big table but it needs to be in order to accommodate the games we play.
No problem. For the record, I wasn't knocking it, just surprised.
I had figured it would weigh a lot because of the 4 x 4 but I was unsure of any other material that could do the same thing while being lighter. If you have an idea for this please let me know.
Pine is cheap and fairly light for what it is, so no, I agree with the choice. I'd try to find non-pressure-treated 4x4 though if possible.
I also wonder if you couldn't get away with 2x4 for the frame around the table surface rather than 4x4. You'd cut the weight in half, but I don't think I totally understand the rest of your design.
Thanks for the terminology tip. I am assuming the dado is if in the middle and the rabbet is on the edge? If so I was going for a dado style.
Yep, that's correct.
I had not thought of it as a picture frame but that is very accurate. And no this was designed to be fine furniture just a functional first project.
Closest parts to aesthetics is the felt on the table(also functional). I had also planned on staining all the wood and doing some routing on the edges so it is smoother and not just sharp edges.
The bolt and washer all the way through is a good idea. What size bolt would you suggest to be able to go through both 4 x 4 and how much space will i need to leave on the bottom part of the dado(assuming I was right earlier) to leave room for the bolt to go through?
Truthfully, with a project like this, I would tend to just build the thing, and then as a final step run to the store and grab bolts. That way I could measure exactly how long they need to be, and drill the holes based on the bolts I buy.
Not sure what else to recommend on that front, though, since I'm not sure I'm imagining your design correctly. A sketch or diagram would probably help