Will this work? The customer wants the table to look like a big chunk of wood. The problem is the notching (flange on metal legs let into bottom of table) and weight so solid is out. I'm afraid that even 1/8" solid endgrain will move and could possibly lift off as it will be relying on end grain glue only. The long sides will be veneered over the end grain also so no edge shows. Any suggestions? Thanks. I have another 40x40 coffee table to make just like this also.
Thats what I thought too. I had a conversation with 2 shop owners (over 20 years exp. each) and both said the unbalanced panel didnt matter as it is a torsion box. I could go 1/2" ultralite both sides instead. The endgrain is the bit that is puzzling.
Getting the end grain veneer to stick will not be a problem...
A torsion box is balanced by definition, so 20 yrs notwithstanding, that comment doesn't make any sense.
I'd build solid at 130 lbs for the walnut, less than 300 lbs total including internal steel.
You've got 100 lbs of skinny leg there, so I'll bet you're pretty close to that with the veneered version.
Thanks mark. The client wants the look of a big "chunk" of wood...whole piece veneer is what the look he has ok'd. If I can convince him to use solid, I would be worried about expansion/contraction also... I don't really know what would happen there as the metal is supposed to remain flush to the top and edge.
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