Can I build a custom kitchen table


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Old 10-14-12, 05:07 AM
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Can I build a custom kitchen table

Hi,

Our current kitchen table is about 30" x 48" - a bit small for our family of 5. We figure our kitchen allows for us to get a slightly larger table - maybe 32" x 53", which would be just enough for us to squeeze around.

Of course, that's a non-standard table size, and after a lot of browsing around, nothing really fits the bill (Ikea has one that is pretty close so that might be the ultimate way to go).

I feel that I could build a table, but am not confident about getting a nice "table top" - gluing the boards together, sanding / planing, etc. to get a good product. If I could get a tabletop, I could add the frame / legs to finish it off.

So my question is - any ideas on making an easy table top? I was thinking maybe buying some butcher block counter top (from ikea) and gluing them (but not sure how that would come out).

Just trolling for ideas. As I said, I looked around pretty extensively for something pre-built, just wasn't finding the ideal solution.

Thanks for the ideas,

-Jim
 
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Old 10-14-12, 05:33 AM
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The easiest solution would be to make the top out of plywood and band it with the appropriate wood.
 
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Old 10-14-12, 05:46 AM
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You could build a table or top to the extent of your wood working skills and tools that you have available.

The simplest way would be to cut down a sheet of veneer faced plywood and trim the edges.
The edge of a tabletop is normally slightly rounded and you could fasten 3/4" half round molding in a material that matches the top.

A lumberyard may be able to cut down the plywood for you.
You could also just place it on your existing table and if a similar species of wood it may look ok.


Opps! Just see your post now Mark......great minds think alike!
 
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Old 10-14-12, 06:59 AM
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Any cabinet or woodworking shop will take on that job. They could knock it off quickly and cheaply if you're not looking for something exotic. As others have suggested, you could just lay it on top of your existing table and shoot a few screws up from the bottom.
 
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Old 10-14-12, 10:37 AM
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Thanks guys,

The plywood approach might work - I did make a small table once using that method. Though maybe I'll contact a local woodworking shop and see what they'd charge - might be worth it to get it done professionally.

-Jim
 
 

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