Awesome description with pictures, thank you John, one question please. You stated
Once all the plywood was in place and secured, then the edge profile was cut, that's where the curves were initially determined. The pegs were to keep all the sheets exactly aligned before they were stapled down with several thousand power staples.
Did you staple the plywood directly to the Mianne Benchwork braces using a power staple? How does that go through 1/2 or 3/8 inch plywood? Or were you referring to something else?
Yep, we stapled with #18 staples directly into the Mianne I-beams. We sacrificed a couple of spares shooting them with staples to see if it would be a problem first, and decided it was not an issue, no splits or issues.
You'd be amazed what enough air pressure will do driving staples into wood. I'm pretty sure you can drive the 1" staples into solid oak with the air stapler with no problem. I regularly shoot #18 nails into maple furniture gluing tables and chairs back together, furniture gets hard use at my place. The staples went through the 1/2" Baltic Birch into the I-beams and were properly countersunk slightly below the plywood surface.
@Railrunnin posted:Last, does Tom provide plans or work on design or ?
No plan, I already had the Mianne benchwork setup, and Tom arrived in a nick of time to make the layout the magnificent beast it is as opposed to the plain table I had originally envisioned.
@Jay Francis posted:
Looks like a cabinet maker did that. Is that your background? Very impressive
A cabinet maker did to most of it, it just wasn't me! I was the guy holding the tools for a lot of this job. I did learn a lot, and I actually did do some of the finish work, that was after expert tutoring.