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Industrial Design Table
A good source of premium timber is to buy scaffold boards. They are stress graded and show few knots, which makes finishing simpler too.I made a large cottage kitchen table for someone 20 odd years ago using new scaffold boards.For the legs I used off the shelf newel posts with one square end sawn off. The finish was outstanding, and the timber matured to a rich colour. Scaffold boards at approximately 9x2, it's a bit quicker than using 4x2 sticks.
Wow thanks so much for your help. Both options sound great so i'll have to wait until i make my trip down to the hardware store to decide. If i do end up getting 2 x 4's with huge bevels i think the resin idea would work really well. It certainly sounds cheaper than getting a large piece of glass custom cut to fit the desk, and it definitely looks much cooler. Thanks again for taking the time to respond. =] I"ll be sure to post my finished desk. - do_Ob
I don't have access to a planer or a biscuit joiner but I do have a sander. I was wondering how you recommend i go about making a more simplified version of this project. I was thinking of making some sort of frame first so i can screw the 2 x 4's to it. Do you think that would work? It doesn't have to be perfectly flush so i was just going to sand it as flat as possible in the end. The plan is to use it as a 2 person desk, so I need it to be about 10' long by 32" wide. I'm wondering about how much weight that will safely hold? - do_Ob
Thanks for the suggestion I had never even considered the laminated beams, that would make a really cool looking table top!
I have had it finished for a couple weeks now and I absolutely love it. It is a great height to use standing or sitting and it would only get better the taller you were.
Yeah, this would be ideal to add to it for a game or workshop table where you wouldn't have to worry about the surface!
Okay I actually put a lot of thought into avoiding all the work of glue up and stuff myself so I have two suggestions for you.1. Get a pocket screw jig and it will let you use screws to attach the pieces side by side. I would use some clamps to try to pull them all as straight as possible especially if you are doing a 10 foot desk and I would use a lot of them. You can use glue with this method if you want to or not. This would work best with a full heavy frame as described in my instructable. If you are going to build black iron pipe legs for it I would go a different route.2. Build the whole top on top of a thick flat piece of plywood. This would let you but cheaper 8 foot 2x4's instead of 10 foot pieces and you could cut them to avoid the worst warping. I would lay them on the ground and arrange them in whatever pleasing pattern you like with the good side down. Then lay the plywood on top of it and screw into it. If you are following my leg design you could fit the plywood to fit into the center whole of the frame and it would never be seen or you could run it all the way to the edge for more strength and then use trim to hide it. This is a much better approach to add stability if you want to make pipe legs for it.One last bit of advice the bevels on 2x4's are pretty decent meaning you will have to sand a lot. One instructable worth looking at is the Glow table http://www.instructables.com/id/Glow-table/ This guy filled wholes in his table with Resin you could do the same with all your joints to make the table flat and give it a really cool look. You could use his same technique with just a clear resin as well if you wanted.Hopefully all of this helps. I would love to hear if you end up building it and how it turns out.
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