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Big table top!

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I am finishing up what I consider an odd sized table. It is 5' x 5' out of 1 3/8" thick walnut. Heavy top, so heavy that since I work by myself, I had to design a apparatus to move and flip the top over.

The schrinkulator calculates an 1" of movement if I put in the high value of 12% and the low value of 6". I would think that would be the extremes or at least I hope so!

I was going to use figure eights to fasten the top to the apron but I am concern that figure eights would not handle that much possible movement. Thoughts?

The base is 35" x 35" with 5" x 5" legs and 2" x 5" aprons. I was only going to put the figure eights parallel to the grain. Would it be a mistake not the attach the sides of the table to the base in some way? Once again, there is a potential of a considerable amount of movement.

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Toney

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VCU Hand and Power Tool Safety

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VCU Hand and Power Tool Safety Program guide

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I get occasional emails from them for woodworking related articles and frequent emails about articles related to my work.

The links to woodworking articles did not start until the first time that I downloaded one.

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Mechanical clocks

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Off topic post about watches crossed over to clocks, and I though I'd post up one of my most favorite projects. I built this clock case/shelf (mesquite) sometime around 1998 I think. Hermle movement from Woodcraft that I've done absolutely nothing to other than blowing the dust off a couple times when moving it. It keeps good time, losing maybe a minute a week. Built it specifically with the David Winter cottages in mind. We've had it for so many years that I don't always notice the chime (hour count and half hour only), but every time I do it makes me happy... and reminds me to be grateful I have the ability to work wood, and thankful for the people I've 'known' because of that. Wife mentioned the other day that I probably oughta show her how to wind it. 26 years and she's never done it.
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Table Base Design and Finishing

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Last time I was here, I was asking for some help with what I called the bubble leg desk. That project actually turned out great and the customer is very happy.

This time, my sister-in-law is asking that I build her and my brother a new dining table. This is sort of what she wants.


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Top will be 80" x 45" out of oak, preferablywhite.

The top is easy enough, just the size and weight make it challenging to move around.

For the base, I am thinking along the lines of building plywood boxes approximately 8" wide x 28 depth. Adding support pieces in the top to attach cross members that would fit into notches. The cross members will connect the two bases and provide for attaching the top.

For finishing the bases, Ithink that applying a black dye, stain, or even flat back paint first to the boxes, then applying pre-finished wood strips.

I am interested inideas on constructing the base, and how you would finish it.

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