4x8 table with a beetle kill top
What you will need
wood of your choice
How to do this project
Since the customer wanted beetle kill boards and I could only find 1x4s, I assembled the top Michael like how you would for a butcher block. Except, pocket holes were drilled into each board spanning about a foot apart all the way down all boards.
After I assembled the top. I made the legs. The Senate of the legs are beetle kill but for the rest of them I used 2x4s for stability. I joined them together by making a stretcher board
It was then time to sand..and sand..and sand. What was really challenging was keeping all the boards straight during the glue up process as they kept wanting to bow as the top got wider. So I had extra sanding to do. I sanded 50 to 320
I sourced boards I wanted to use for the apron and assembled them to the table. First cutting the size accordingly.and screwing them to the supports underneath the top.i plugged all holes with plugs I cut my self from a 3/8" dowel.
After the assembly of the top and base was finished. Now came the fun part. Oil. The wood really came to life. Let it cure for 3 days and gave it 3 coats of spray lacquer.