Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Please Don't Make a Table Like This

I am seeing plans like this all over the internet
 DIY Dining Set

There are people with their own blogs making this type of table and thinking they are saving money.

Many of these plans, including the one above are completely the wrong way to build.

Here's a posting in a woodworking forum from someone who used that exact plan:

I’m fairly new to “fine” woodworking and undertook a project of building a table from a Lowes Creative Ideas magazine.
I have the table built and but the top has twisted so bad that the table rocked. So I trimmed the legs to level it after some reading online but the top has continued to twist. I installed table leveling feet before I could see how bad the top actually is.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to fix this? I put 3 coats of poly on the top and 1 on the bottom of the wood slats.
Every time I look at the table sitting in our kitchen I’m so disgusted and am wishing we would have just bought one, but we’ve spent the money and the finish of the table is nice – it’s just so twisted and visible. Any help is appreciated.

I've written here before about using construction lumber for a project, but I'm just a little blog and the message hasn't got through, so I'm trying again.

There is a way to make things, and a way to make things that will last.  

DO NOT ATTACH A TABLE TOP LIKE THIS:

Wood moves.


                      Wood.                       Moves.

Depending on the season and climate, wood can and does change size.  Wood in a dry environment shrinks and in a humid environment expands. This change takes place widthwise, not in the length of a piece of wood, and is due to the internal structure of wood.   Wood pieces that are placed side by side against each other and attached to something, or pieces that are trapped in a frame, will crack or warp. Table tops made of solid wood cannot simply be screwed down.

Also please note that construction lumber is not made for furniture.  2 x 10s, 2 x 8x, 4 x 4s and 2 x 4s are not kiln dried to the water content that wood for furniture is. Have you ever sat a 2 x 4 in your house for a few days?  It usually will end up looking like a hockey stick.  
Construction lumber is not sold to be used for furniture.




The top should first have all pieces glued together side by side then attached with Z shaped clamps which you can see here:

and I used for my lamp table


If you use some of these incorrect plans your table, bed or chair might look good at the start, but will not last. Unfortunately there are people offering plans that are not properly designed.  You may end up with something cheap, but you will most certainly be disappointed and get what you paid for.

I am willing and happy to answer any and all questions about woodworking.


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

More cheese boards

The boards I posted about here last fall have sold and I was asked to make a few more.



Two of the boards are made by gluing together strips of hardwood.

This one has 7 strips of alternating maple and cherry and is 10" long x 5 1/2" wide x 1" thick. :



The second board is also striped, but I chose to put a hole in it and shape the end, it's maple and some mystery wood. It is 9 1/4" x 4 3/4" x 1":


The third board is a large slab of yellow birch and is 14" long x 8" wide and more than 1" thick.  I removed the bark but kept the shape of the edge where the bark was.  I also attached stainless steel handles which had screws that I countersunk into the bottom of the board.


I put mineral oil on my boards, it really changes the look of the wood as you can see with this board and should be used regularly to keep your boards from drying out:



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