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OmegaWS6 10-07-2013 11:40 AM

Dining room table rip off
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I'm not going to lie. I like this table from a store but want to make it myself.

I've got the gist of it. The overall size is 84 x 40 x 31. From what I can gather, the legs are 3 x 3. Each horizontal part looks to be 3/16 inset of the legs.

Are there standards for how big the frame should be in relation to the top? According to the pics I have, the ends are about 12" over, while the sides are 8" over the frame.

Am I close in my assumptions?

framer 10-13-2013 08:46 PM

let me ask you what tools that you have to build this because at the very least you are doing to need a good table saw , jointer , planer , drill press , router , random orbit sander and lots and lost of clamps. It looks to be a fairly simple table mortis and tennon construction on the legs and a top with breadboard ends. The toughest part will be gluing the top up without it looking like crap. If you do not have at least some woodworking experience I would recommend to start smaller and build your way op to a project like this.

OmegaWS6 10-17-2013 08:37 AM

I have some wood working skills. With an assortment of tools and you can never have too many clamps.

I don't have the time to mortis and tennon the joints so im going to cheat and dowl them.

It wont be a 100% knock off, but the top will need the most attention. There is a lumber yard that had some nice butternut planks which will look great.

SeniorSitizen 10-17-2013 08:59 AM

It's Kreg pocket screw time. Dowels are for alignment and pretty much worthless for joint integrity.

OmegaWS6 10-17-2013 09:31 AM

Haha, its in my yahoo shoping cart already.

This guy, I am not:

Two Knots 10-18-2013 10:02 AM

You have to start somewhere...a table is a good place to start. :)

For the table top...
If you don't have a planer, you have to buy surface finished wood
( the edges have to mate together) If the edges aren't perfect, you can do it the old
fashioned way with a hand plane...

You can glue the long grain wood together with carpenters wood glue.
Use lots of clamps when glueing...Dowels or biscuits are not essential,
for the strength of the joint, they will however, aid with the alignment.

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