Typically, the T&G on flooring is not a tight joint. Therefore, just gluing
it up would not give a structural panel. Gluing it up on plywood would
invite warping. The ways I would approach it would be to -
1. rip off the tongue and groove and edge glue the boards. Con - you
would have a lot of narrow boards.
2. (the one I would use if I had to use flooring for a table). Glue the
flooring to 1/4" ply, then put 1" solid oak around the sides with breadboard
ends. Screw angle iron from underneath to the top. This will keep it from
warping. The spacing of the angle iron depends on the dimensions of the top
and the specs on the angle iron. Personally, I would use a WAG unless I
decided to get my design manuals out (which I haven't looked at in many
years). Incorporate the angles into the design so as to hide it. I would
use 1/4" ply for two reasons. One, the thinner ply tends toward lesser
warp. Two, the top would only be 1" which is more reasonable for a tabletop
BTW, properly executed, it could be a top as nice as any other. However, I
would only consider it if the material was free and I didn't have the
resources for a different alternative.
I know you like to overbuild ... it took an act of congress and a couple of
crowbars to break into your reinforced carton containing the UniGuard last
year ... but angle iron? ... on a dining room table?
On second thought, it does go well with the hardwood flooring thing. :>)
Just kidding ... thanks again for the good deal on the guard, and have a
prosperous New Year, with no more tools lost to thieves.
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