Sunday, December 19, 2010

Planktop Table- Top

A planktop table poses challenges unique to working with long boards. The biggest is maintaining thickness, so only the straightest rough stock is used. The top is glued up in two halves, so that it not only fits in the clamp rack, but also through the thickness sander.

The top is glued up one joint at a time, alternating between the two halves.

This allows me to get a flat glue-up, maximizing thickness. Straighter boards pull ones that have moved slightly back to flat.

Each half is left to dry, then ran through the thickness sander. The inside is jointed.

The halves are glued up with long clamps. Care is taken for a flush glue up.

The joint has cured, and the stroke sander cleans it up as well as any other surface flaws.

The top is now ready to be cut from the slab.

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