Company: Sandford Woodworking
Owner: Stuart Sandford
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Me For Estimates: 817-730-1219
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To begin with I used 1×6 white pine boards for the table. This will be your choice as to the type of wood, but since it is an interior table it doesn’t have to be anything that resists the elements such as cypress or cedar.
My next step was to tongue and groove all the boards for the table top. Though you don’t have to do this to glue up a table top, I prefer it so that I can ensure the table is completely level. Use a router or shaper to cut the tongue and grooves in the boards.
Once the tongue and grooves were cut I did a large glue-up for the table top. I ran two boards on a flat on each end of the table to break the pattern at the ends. You don’t have to do this but I thought it gave it some character.
These take large, sturdy clamps. If you don’t have long clamps, be sure to check out how to make your own clamps here:
Be sure once the glue has dried that you sand the entire piece THOROUGHLY! You want the clamps as tight as possible – glue needs to be oozing everywhere. This will give you the assurance that it won’t come apart later on in life. A little glue goes a long way but a lot of glue goes forever.
Once the top has been glued up, you can start making your side supports for the table. I went ahead and added the gussets instead of just having a “T” for support. This is going to be a heavy tabletop, and you need as much support as possible without losing leg room.
Be sure that you bolt everything together that you can. When you start adding wood to wood, the load bearing goes up very high. So bolting it all together ensures the entire structure won’t collapse on you.
We also bolted as much together as possible here because the customer didn’t want a crossbar at the bottom of the table. With the gusset supports on the side, along with the bolts, it prevents you from having to put the bottom cross-bar in. I personally prefer it WITH the crossbar at the bottom, tying the two legs together because to me it looks better. But the customer didn’t want it.
Now that I have it all together I stained the legs and table top, and the customer purchased the chairs to go with it.
And again, here is the finished product with the chairs in the customer’s home: