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Edge glue a top?

djurtadjurta Posts: 1
edited November 2011 in EGG Table Forum
Okay eggheads, I've bought the lumber (african mahogany) and am getting ready to build a table.  I've seen many photos here and on Naked Whiz with solid table tops--no spacing between boards.  I'd like to do that with my top but am concerned about wood movement/warping.  I'm in northern VA and the table will have a grill cover but will be out on a deck.  Am I setting myself up for trouble?  

Many thanks,



  • If you use Gorilla Glue and the Kreg Jig, you should not have to worry about the the boards separating. I would use hardwood for a table top. Softwoods tend to have a higher rates of Expansion and contraction.
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  • Not sure what your level of experience is with building a solid top but there are many ways.  Personally I used #20 biscuits every 6 inches over a 6 foot top.   I like the biscuits better than Keg Jig for a table top but the Keg Jig is great for many other uses.  
  • JLNCJLNC Posts: 73
    I agree with the biscuits, hardwood and a poly glue.  This joint will be quite tough and I would also recommend alternating grain (up/down) on boards.  Helmsman Spar Urethane is a good choice for this environment and with the mahogany you won't notice any yellowing.   

    I built a table for a screened porch using heart pine and the method above and it is holding up well.  I've also built a maple bar (another screened porch) that has held up well.  The egg table is on the list!

    The cover will be the real key here---- keep it covered whenever it is cool and not in use.  
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