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#1 posted 03-03-2012 04:07 PM

So, I have cut the slab, filled the defects with two-part pour-on epoxy, made the legs, and rough-sanded (80 Grit) everything but the live edges. I have a couple of questions:

1) For attaching the trestles to the leg slabs, do you think glue and a pair of long wood screws at each joint, or a couple of dowels at each joint instead?

2) For attaching the legs to the top, do you think that dowels and glue is OK or will that stress and possibly cause the top to split. Would the figure 8 type fasteners for table tops work better. While the legs and top have the grain going the same way, I don’t know if they will expand and contract at the same rates.

3) Would a natural stain help bring out the figure or should I just stick with a clear finsh. I have tried the varathane product and was not very happy with the results, though I made the test samples rather hastily.

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