My neighbor would like me to build a table for her. She showed me picture of
one from Europe that she wants me to copy and turn from square into
The top is what has me wondering. Imagine a doughnut shaped top with a hole in
the center holding a ceramic tile. The four sides are composed of trapezoids
joined at the corners of the table by 45 degree angles. My question is - can
this be made out of solid wood (maple ~1.5") thick? The photo she showed me
looks exactly like it is solid wood and not a vennered/MDF combo. If all four
sides are joined with splines (big ones) and the 45 degree angle joint is the
same length on each side, then would the stresses be equal across the joint and
the table top would stay together? Anyone out here made such a beast and have
I'd bet that it's not in fact solid wood. Euros do a lot of veneer
tops, especially the type you described. Since wood expands more
the grain than with the grain, if it were solid wood it would either
or push itself apart or dip or bow in the middle.
Have posted an image to a.b.p.w showing the two possible grain
each with what would happen if the wood expanded or contracted - more
the grain and less with the grain. If it's solid wood, it will expand
and contract as humidity and temperature changes in its environment
I'd pass on this one.
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