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Large table top help needed4/8
Quoting on a 6' x 6' square table, with a skirt around the top 3" (vertical) high, stained dark almost black. Top needs to have durable surface.
What would be the best approach?
MDF but jointed with thick custom sawed 3/32" veneer both sides?
MDF core plywood in natural Maple, if it is possible for a manufacturer to size custom 6 x 6?
As above, but veneer core?
Since it will end up being black I would use Formica.
Needs something to match existing furniture, made from Rubber Wood (Asia) with a dark stain. Natural Maple will work.
Have you ever done anything similar? It sounds like your lacking in experience. Don't bid this unless you are qualified.
Mike, anything being solid wood tops yes, plywood on a 6'x6' top no, otherwise I would not be asking.
If you know solid stock work, bid it that way. You know to let it float on the apron, but we don't know anything else about leg attachment or design. Anything is possible with enough money, so I guess someone would lay up a custom plywood or mdf top for you. It will cost way more than the solid. I suspect some question your experience since near black and durable are a couple of your major requirements. The Formica response fills the bill on your requirements quite well.
Rich, thanks I believe I have it figured out.
The edge of the table top needs to be 3" thick, all sides of a 6'x6' top, making solid wood pretty heavy.
We will use 3/4" veneer core ply, rift joined with a spline and 3" edging. The edging, aprons and frame will give adequite support. We will endeavor to protect the top with a coating from Target Coatings.
Thanks for those who replied.
Sorry Willem, I saw the 3" but it was described as an apron. To me, an apron is under the stop. Hope you get some ply that has thick enough veneer to work the seam. Good luck!
Contact North Creek Woodworks or John Van Brussel (Adviser on Veneer Woodwork Forum) for info on having the top laid up for you.
Contrary to a previous statement, this should not be expensive; quite a bit less that solids in fact. Spec thick veneer if you want some safety for leveling your rim. You will also get matching grain, color and texture.
Watch the weight - you may have to run some material on edge under the top to help carry that heavy rim and prevent sagging if this a pedestal table.
Does your customer like ripples in their table tops? Veneer core is far from being flat. If you aren't able to lay up this top, I suggest you find someone who can. Joining two pieces of vc ply isn't the best way to accomplish this.
Use two sheets of MDF core veneer glued together for the top then you can trap it with the solid edge with no problems. Very stable and the laminated top is strong. I agree that classic core can be very uneven.