I have been working on
this 12' long Wenge dining table. The wood is beautiful!
Real nasty to work with though...
Most of the work I
have done on the table is pretty typical. So I will only
mention a few points...
For joining boards
this size it is better to straight line with a router and a
straight edge or a guided saw. I used the Festool saw and
I only have 2 - 4 foot rails so I had to move them and align
Picking up the boards
and running them through a jointer is not an option... too heavy
and too long... a jointer plane and a power hand planer using an
8 foot aluminum straight edge and reading the edge. When
gluing, clamp, tap together... clamp in another spot ... tap
together... etc... the better job you do the less work
latter... I don't have a machine that will plane or drum sand a
12 foot x 18" Wenge plank... so hand work is a requirement and
if you are careful will yield a much better job.
The attached plan
shows the structure so you have an idea of the joinery.
The top will appear to "float" over the legs as in trays I have
made. The second drawing shows a "cut list" base on boards
I have. With the cost of Wenge waste is a factor and I like to
maximize the use of the stock... a sketch of each board and how
it will break down into parts is real helpful.