Thick Tabletops from Thin Stock
Create lightweight panels with a heavyweight look
Synopsis: Create the illusion of a massive, solid-wood top without the weight and the treasure hunt for expensive 12/4 planks. Mark Edmundson makes his hefty-looking tabletops from oversize 4/4 stock, “folding down” the offcuts and mitering them to the edges. Return strips glued along the inside of the bottom edging make it feel authentic to grasping fingers. Edmundson knew he was onto something when a timber-framing buddy couldn’t tell that his faux slab tabletop wasn’t really made from a 2-in.-thick panel.
Whether it will stand in a stark modern house or in a rustic timber-frame, a table with a massive solid-wood top can be a powerful presence in a room. I often get requests for such tables, but here in Idaho there’s no local supply of big hardwood trees, and getting 12/4 planks means ordering very expensive, very heavy slabs from far-off places, sight unseen, and paying for shipping.…