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    Dining Table build-40x60 inch

    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 topClick image for larger version. 

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    (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 boardClick image for larger version. 

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    You go Allen!
    Never be afraid to post here. Many, many, of us enjoy watching projects come together and we take from your posts at least as much as you learn from others. Besides, we need more flat work - the spinny guys are taking over!
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    Allen,

    I have to echo Rennie's opinion that we enjoy watching projects come together. I would also like to add that while I enjoy seeing the completed projects by the more experienced woodworkers, I much more enjoy seeing the journey that we who are beginners and amateurs take on our road of learning. I see others projects, errors and all as a fantastic way to learn more myself. Please keep posting!!

    cheers

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    ps : more pictures...more pictures....more pictures

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    allen for someone doing roofing daily latly you sure got grit your makin some of the die hards look bad in the amount that your gettin done,, slow down take a break let the rest of us catch up. on your glue up pic there try to get your clamps evenly place allen to keep equal pressur across the length as you get wider your gonna need to watch for bowing,, try using a caul to keep it flat like you have going on towards your end..now your doing fine allen we will have to make you a capt of the flat work team this week or maybe month at the rate your going
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    Allen, Never hold back, Never surrender!

    I for one, always enjoy your posts, so post on!

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    Way to go Allen. I do have to ask a question though........WHY in the world would you want to slice those beautiful boards of Mahogany into narrow strips and then glue them back together for a table top?????????

    The only reason I know to rip wide boards into narrower strips for a glue up is IF there may be a question as to whether the wood has been "Cured" long enough to be Stable, OR to eliminate blemishes, or if there is obvious "cupping" in the boards or other faults in the wood, (OR IF YOU JUST WANT PRACTICE DOING GLUE-UPS) Well cured Mahogany of good quality is not one of those woods that needs to be ripped into narrow boards before glue up, and the narrow strips eliminates getting the full picture of the natural grain of that beautiful WOOD.

    Note: This is just MY opinion, ymmv.
    Last edited by Norman Hitt; 11-14-2008 at 05:02 AM.

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    Hi Allen ,
    Try, learn and try some more, always thinking of possible change (for another piece) and improvement, improvisation and adaptation to other seemingly unrelated projects. Doing is a great teacher, keep doing.
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    Hey look, some one posting about woodworking



    Looks good so far Allen, take lots of pictures, we like pictures
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    Keep posting Allen! Just wish I had a little more time to post more often. One thing I might mention, something that happened to me several years ago when I glued up an oak top for a mission style end table. I had used biscuits to help align the boards and then sanded. I wish I would have waited several days before sanding the top because the glue around the biscuits had caused the wood to swell! After the the glue dried it shrank back and you could see an out line in the top above each biscuit! I didn't notice it at all.
    I didn't have real good light in the old shop and missed it until I brought it into the house. It wasn't real noticeable but I knew it was there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Hitt View Post
    Way to go Allen. I do have to ask a question though........WHY in the world would you want to slice those beautiful boards of Mahogany into narrow strips and then glue them back together for a table top?????????

    The only reason I know to rip wide boards into narrower strips for a glue up is IF there may be a question as to whether the wood has been "Cured" long enough to be Stable, OR to eliminate blemishes, or if there is obvious "cupping" in the boards or other faults in the wood, (OR IF YOU JUST WANT PRACTICE DOING GLUE-UPS) Well cured Mahogany of good quality is not one of those woods that needs to be ripped into narrow boards before glue up, and the narrow strips eliminates getting the full picture of the natural grain of that beautiful WOOD.

    Note: This is just MY opinion, ymmv.

    oh man, I read and read and read and almost everywhere I read suggested that glueing up in widths less than 4 inch gives more stability and decreases the chances of cupping and bending, and I just wanted to glue up 4 boards, .....I will take that into total advisement before I make the buffet. thankyou.(lemme tell ya, I dont know if the wood he told me is old growth, a few pieces and he said I wont get too many chances to get it at that price, and it reallly looked beautiful, darker, richer, wavier grains, and it broke my heart to slice that)

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