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post #1 of 6 Old 04-01-2015, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Soft maple and poplar table base

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I am looking for some input on a dining table I am currently building.

As of today I already started milling the 8/4 white oak for the top, and I will start the base early next week.

The plan was to do the legs and apron in soft maple but my local wood supply doesn't carry 8/4 soft maple for the apron. The legs are going to stay soft maple but now I need a different option for the apron. The base is going to be painted black so two different Species for the bottom is okay.

Should I do 8/4 ash or poplar for the apron? face glue two 5/4 boards after milling? I'm also going to keep looking in my area for 8/4 soft maple but if the guys I went too today don't have it usually nobody else does.

I want a thick apron since the table is 7 feet long and 38 wide and the 8/4 white oak top is going to be pretty damn heavy.

Any input is appreciated! Thank you and let me know if you need any more info or clarification.
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I should note I can get my hands on 8/4 ambrosia maple as well.
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I think if you are going to make the table out of oak the skirt should be oak also. There is quite a bit difference between the appearance of white oak and ash. If you are going to paint the base I don't understand what you are thinking about the ambrosia maple for. Structurally there isn't a great deal of difference between soft maple and poplar.

I can already tell the table is going to be so heavy it will probably take 4 people to move it around.
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Imo you would be fine with some 5/4. A true 1" ( or if it's nice n flat 1.125)by say maybe 5" would be fine for a stretcher. You gain some but not as much strength as you might think with thickness. Depth or height will determine that.
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Imo you would be fine with some 5/4. A true 1" ( or if it's nice n flat 1.125)by say maybe 5" would be fine for a stretcher. You gain some but not as much strength as you might think with thickness. Depth or height will determine that.

Thanks for the info. I actually just received the same exact info from a friend of mine so with two of the same opinions I will proceed with that route. I am going to do the soft maple 4x4 legs and use 5/4 soft maple for the apron but at a width of 4-6 inches.
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What was your final build/decision/thoughts?

Hello, I saw this thread after I was searching the web for someone doing what I am doing and found your comments. I am working on a live edge white oak dining table, 7' long at 1-3/8" thick varying width between 38-40 inches (because of the live edge)...the table is ready to receive a finish so it's all milled. I have been going back and forth on what wood type to use for the legs and apron and wonder what you decided? You mention in the thread that you started out with an 8/4 table top...what did you mill it down to and what did you decide on the wood type for the legs and aprons along with the height of the apron?...the thread mentioned that you are considering an apron of 4-6 inches, but depending upon your table thickness and the seat height on your chairs, that many not permit someone's legs to get under the table comfortably. With my table thickness, I am thinking of an apron height of 3-7/16" which if I am going for a "standard table height of 30", will leave 25-3/16" between the bottom of the apron and the floor. I would like to go with more height on the apron for more vertical support of the table, but not sure how much more I can spare. I am interested in your comments and if you have any pictures to share of your project that would be great.

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