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Offline Mike35x95x1

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Oak dining table
« on: November 01, 2020, 05:18 PM »
Hi everyone, I have just finish oak dining table. The frame and the legs are jointed with pair of 6x40 dominos. I also used a pair of dominos inside the legs to make them stronger in torsion as I was said it is expected the table will be moved (pulled) by one person from time to time the finish is Osmo Top Oil.



Some photos from the building process:










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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2020, 10:15 AM »
I like it...nice simple clean lines.  [big grin]

I also rather like the butcher block wood effect.  [smile]

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2020, 10:57 AM »
Very nice, good job

Offline WarrenT

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2020, 10:21 PM »
Your table looks great.  I like the way you used the clamps to hold the top to the frame. 

Nice work  [smile]

Offline Mike35x95x1

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2020, 04:02 AM »
Your table looks great.  I like the way you used the clamps to hold the top to the frame. 

Nice work  [smile]
Thanks. I never have enough clamps.


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Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2020, 05:23 AM »
Hi Mike @Mike35x95x1

Very nice looking work.

It looks as though you may have glued the top to the frame. You may experience some movement of the two parts relative to each other. Take a look at this article:

https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/get-more/table-tops-and-wood-movement

Cheers.

Peter

Offline Mike35x95x1

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2020, 05:57 AM »
Hi Mike @Mike35x95x1

Very nice looking work.

It looks as though you may have glued the top to the frame. You may experience some movement of the two parts relative to each other. Take a look at this article:

https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/get-more/table-tops-and-wood-movement

Cheers.

Peter

Thank you, I'll take a look. Mike

Offline Thompmd

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2020, 08:18 AM »
Very nice! What are the dimensions of each of the table top pieces and how did you attach?

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2020, 09:26 AM »
I realize wood moves and understand the 4" width.  But how does one build a wide plank live table then to avoid this?

Offline Mike35x95x1

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2020, 09:36 AM »
I realize wood moves and understand the 4" width.  But how does one build a wide plank live table then to avoid this?

The only way is to fix it with wood or metal. I don't know how it is called in English but it looks like this:


Offline Mike35x95x1

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2020, 09:36 AM »
Very nice! What are the dimensions of each of the table top pieces and how did you attach?

Newbiesithabunchofsmallpiecestoo lol

I don't remember precise numbers but it was close to this:

top - 1300x800x30
legs - 720x60x60
rails - 1100x80x18

Pair of 6x40 dominos for each rail and leg connection so 16 dominos in total. Everything glued together with Titebond original D2.

Edit:
I also used pair of 5x30 dominos inside the legs (one close to the top and one near the bottom) to make them stronger in crosswise traction.

Hope it helps
Mike
« Last Edit: November 27, 2020, 10:44 AM by Mike35x95x1 »

Offline derekcohen

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2020, 09:01 PM »
I realize wood moves and understand the 4" width.  But how does one build a wide plank live table then to avoid this?

Ron, there are a number of options, but all have in common that they allow movement to take place. Without this, eventually the table will pull itself apart. Cracks will occur, or the top with warp or cup.

The most traditional method is to use wooden buttons into a mortice. This was done in a table I built from reclaimed Jarrah ...



I have used a Domino machine to cut mortices, and then made buttons to fit (direction if grain is relevant for strength) ...





I have also used a biscuit joiner to make the slots ..



... in this case, re-using metal clips from a table that I salvaged for the timber ...



You can make your own metal clips using small angle steel ...



In the last example, it is important to widen the holes on the brackets on one side to allow movement.

Regards from Perth

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2020, 10:47 PM »
Thank you for the responses on wood movement.  Derek-I appreciated the pictures.  (I am familiar with the Perth mint-always love their new designs of roos and kookaburras).  I have some two inch thick Osage Orange (hedge apple) that I want to use to build a live edge table and I want to do it right.  Normally Osage Orange is not big enough to get a log out of, and if you do, your chainsaw will throw sparks cutting it because it is so hard.  So it should be a fun adventure working with this.  It will be a heavy table to move.  Again, thank you for the pictures.   

Offline Mike35x95x1

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2020, 03:38 AM »
I realize wood moves and understand the 4" width.  But how does one build a wide plank live table then to avoid this?

Ron, there are a number of options, but all have in common that they allow movement to take place. Without this, eventually the table will pull itself apart. Cracks will occur, or the top with warp or cup.

The most traditional method is to use wooden buttons into a mortice. This was done in a table I built from reclaimed Jarrah ...



I have used a Domino machine to cut mortices, and then made buttons to fit (direction if grain is relevant for strength) ...





I have also used a biscuit joiner to make the slots ..



... in this case, re-using metal clips from a table that I salvaged for the timber ...



You can make your own metal clips using small angle steel ...



In the last example, it is important to widen the holes on the brackets on one side to allow movement.

Regards from Perth

Derek
Derek, I prefer not using metal parts if it’s not necessary. Domino for the buttons is just an excellent idea. Before Domino, I always used a drill and wooden dowels. I'll make some domino buttons in advance, so they are available when needed.

Considering the idea, there could also be cross-side rails (connected with domino to lengthwise rails) glued to the top, but there’s a lot of material, and for smaller tables, it’s not necessary.

However, when the wood “decides” moving it can yank the screws out.

Thanks for the hint
Mike


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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2020, 07:40 PM »
Rockler sells table top fasteners that I use on all my table tops. I call them Z clamps. I cut a slot in the rails positioned so that the clamps exert pressure once screwed in. The slot is wide enough to allow for top expansion. Either a biscuit cutter or a Domino are perfect for making the slot.
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Offline jarbroen

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2020, 11:19 AM »
The 'figure 8' hardware is another option.  I just tried those out for a smaller hallway cabinet and they worked alright.  You only have to drill a hole with a forstner that recesses one side in the apron.  You secure that with a small screw - the figure 8 has a counter sink.
What I didn't like is that you have to use really teeny screws - like no 5 - otherwise you have to make room in the top for the screw head.

I guess I wouldn't suggest those... lol. Not sure why I wasted time typing.
I guess my point is that I've used shop made buttons on a dining table and those felt way more secure.  Just takes a little more time to make the buttons.  I did the same thing as others where I used the Domino to make the mortise in the apron to accept the buttons.
I used my CMS with the slider to create the tenon on 1.5" x 1.5" stock.  I drilled and countersunk the screw holes before I chopped the buttons off at the Kapex.
Lesson learned with the figure 8 - the buttons are the way to go.  Especially for larger tops.

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Oak dining table
« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2020, 08:22 AM »
I think you don’t have to be too concerned about movement. This kind of material ('butcherblockstyle' - made out of smaller pieces glued together) is far more stable than solid wood. And also very sustainable, bc it uses wood that would otherwise have been discarded or used as fuel
Cheers, Bert Vanderveen

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