Wasnt sure if I should post a few pics along the way, not post at all, post at the end, but figured I have no embarrassment or illusions when it comes to my woodworking skills.
My first error, as ridiculous as it sounds, is that I only planed a few inches in table width more than Id need, and it turned out one board wasnt even Mahogany, it was ash.(cant figure that out at all, didnt notice till I was done planing)
So Im short 8 inches of planed wood, and will begin again next week.
I cut the boards into 3.5 inch strips, only because thats what Ive read, and used this size to glue up the small tops Ive made(2 out of red oak, but only 18 inch width)
I was going to leave the glue up for next week, but decided to do it in sections, around 12-15 inches at a time, and then glue up the sections.
No jointer, and I used the Freud Glue up rip blade. A few burn marks, but not uneven, I gently sanded them out.(if anyone doesnt know, I am not affiliated with Freud nor have any financial interest in them, but I will accept any free products to test, )
Used my biscuit cutter to strengthen and align, for whatever its worth.#20 biscuits.
Heres a look, best pic I could get, of some boards and the glue up so far.
the end piece, is old growth mahogany, didnt realize I planed it up, so Im using one piece on each end of the top.
Very new territory for me, all of this, planing, big glueups, so Im not sure where Ill end up. (moderator, as usual, if this thread is not worth the space, feel free to zap and no hard feelings.)a bit of snipe of this board, will sand it out eventually, on bottom of table top
(and I didnt bother to match up any grains of different boards or even the same boards, cause my wife told me she likes the look of the different patterns)
good picture of the old growth grain next to other board