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Posted on Table Top Shrinkage - amazed

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#1 posted 02-09-2012 05:56 PM

You should always finish all the surfaces of table tops with the same finish, and same number of coats. You’re not going to stop the seasonal changes in the wood, unless you dip the entire table in plastic. The amount, and way that wood moves should always be a consideration in the design elements of any furniture you build. I hope your doweled bread board doesn’t fall off. Even if you use the mortise and tenon method, you should allow for seasonal wood movement and only glue the center section of the joint.

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