As we enter the ‘building’ stage of creating a dining table for 10, aptly named ‘The Weight’, our attention turns to the magnificent tabletop—a true masterpiece in the making. With every detail planned, we embark on the process to prepare the boards for the glue-up, ensuring a flawless and striking result.
Given the size and weight of the boards, we encountered a unique challenge. To achieve perfectly straight and smooth edges, we turned to the art of hand jointing. With steady hands and unwavering focus, we carefully jointed the edges, eliminating any imperfections and guaranteeing seamless connections.
Arranging the boards became an art form in itself. We considered the captivating interplay of grain patterns, color variations, and figuring, seeking the most visually stunning arrangement. It was crucial to create a harmonious flow that would enhance the overall aesthetic impact of the tabletop.
Prior to the final glue-up, a meticulous dry fitting process took place. This critical step allowed us to ensure precise alignment, confirming that each board would seamlessly come together like pieces of a perfectly crafted puzzle. Adjustments were made until perfection was achieved.
To ensure a flat and even tabletop, we crafted custom-made 50″ hard maple cauls. These precisely designed cauls were strategically positioned during the glue-up process, exerting gentle and uniform pressure, resulting in a flawlessly bonded tabletop that remained flat.
Finally, the time came for the grand glue-up. With focused determination, we applied high-quality Titebond III wood glue to the jointed edges, meticulously aligning each board. Taking advantage of the versatility of loose tenon joinery, we strategically glued subassemblies together. This involved combining two boards using dominoes, then adding two boards to another two boards, and finally joining four boards to the last two boards. These subassemblies are heavy so gluing up this way was just a little easier on the craftsman. Although we used all 6 boards when we clamped them together. This is to ensure that we have a flat top when all 6 boards are joined.
The glue-up of a table this size is no small feat, especially in a small shop like ours, requiring a delicate balance of precision, skill and a lot of muscle. We take pride in every step of this process, knowing that the end result will be nothing short of extraordinary. The tabletop is now one step closer to becoming the centerpiece that will grace our client’s dining space, radiating elegance, strength, and timeless beauty. (soooo much sanding left to do :))