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#1 posted 10-13-2017 07:03 PM

Should I put an edge band around the table, like a 2×4 or 1×4 (rustic board) to help with movement

No, edge banding will cause endless problems with wood movement. You can’t stop wood movement, only allow for it. Attaching the base will be the critical step in allowing for wood movement. I would guess for that design you are going to use lag screws to attach the trestles, which will be fine if you use oversized or slotted holes in the trestle when attaching the top, so the top can move with changes in humidity.

Those would allow movement, but what about the epoxy covering the top? Is this something that will cause the “bottom” to swell because the top is “not moveable”.

The top will move regardless of what finish you use. But to prevent cupping you should put at least a seal coat that is similar to the top coat on the underside. So the the top surface and the bottom surface react equally to changes in humidity.

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