Hello all, long-time reader, first time poster....
The LOML has found a picture of a table she would like from Restoration Hardware, and asked if I could build it. After I really started to think about it, I came to realize that this table doesn't seem to allow for wood movement at all...and I would imagine would crack and expand like there is no tomorrow.
Here is the pic of what she wants....Is this even realistic? (1st time posting...hoping the pics work here...if not, I'll post again with the links.
A search online found "plans" from someone who has built it, and those looked very easy, but...there was NO allowance for movement (pocket holes and glue all around: http://ana-white.com/2014/12/DIY_fur...l-dining-table)
Love the look, but I'm trying to figure out a good way to build it.
I think if we wanted the border (which looks very nice), then maybe I could do the center portion out of MDF topped with an oak faced plywood (cut into strips to resemble boards with the differing grain directions), and using 4/4 or even 8/4 oak for the border pieces. I think that would mean no wood movement in the center, and the border could expand as needed (would those joints "stay", or is the border a bad idea all around????)
If we could do without the border, I thought about using "real" lumber for the center, with the X portion being mortised, and the "triangles" having tenons cut into the ends of them to fitup with the x, and allow for seasonal expansion radially out from the center, then just rounding the edges instead of installing any type of border.
So...what are the experts thoughts? Would either of the methods give me a table that would stand up to years of seasonal expansion and contraction?
Thanks for reading this, and thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice!