I need to build a table like this...
How can I make a grid top, other than cutting a whole bunch of little pieces
and gluing them in place. Given the difficulty of gluing them, it seems
like something is bound to fall off.
(I will probably skip the animal feet.)
Sorry if this is a repost, but I couldn't find the post I thought I made
I think if I were doing this, I would look for or make some veneer to g lue
on here. If done correctly, it would last a long time. You may even find
some that you could use whole, rather than having to cut and paste.
I'd even look at gluing strips directly to the top--sort of parquetry, to
avoid the problems of cutting strips exactly the same width as the dados.
You would have to get the joints cut cleanly, but that's a manageable
problem. (Throw away the ones you cut too short.)
Same way you build a checkerboard.
Glue up some strips consisting of white and dark, then cross cut blanks
Alternate these with narrow dark strips.
Make all pieces about 1/4" thick and laminate to a piece of 1/4" plywood.
You now have a top insert around which you frame the rest of the top.
When finished, run thru a commercial top sander to get flat.
Leon is right on! with another solution to this one. We get so focused
on one idea sometimes that we forget to look for any other options.
Dadoes and inlays, Simple!
Tom in KY, thinking that you have a few good options to work with.
Looks like it's just strips overtop in the picture, lap joints. If
you want to make yours flat, the dado plan sounds good.
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I used lap joints. It was a little touchy since the dividers are only 1/8"
square, but I only broke a few.
I just wish I could have let my 12 year old do more of the work, since it
was his project and all that, but I sure can't have him cutting 1/8" lap
I know, pick a project he can do himself; but then he just look foolish
compared to all the other parent's projects. It is the system that is
another way to do it might be to use 2 inch tiles as the houses, and then
use those basswood strips you can get at craft stores like Michael's or
A.C. Moore as spacers - maybe get one of those little X-Acto miter boxes to
cut the strips (a stop block makes cutting 33 short strips easy). This way
your son can do most of the work and you can help with the alignment and
gluing so it winds up looking professional. Four long strips align the
rows, and the tiles automatically align the short strips. Just an idea.
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