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#1 posted 12-28-2013 04:49 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’ll definitely check out that link. As far as the wood selection, I’m picking alder not for its cost but for the very qualities you mentioned. Neither my wife nor I care for the strong grain of oak and we both like the splotchy quality of alder. It lends a rustic look, which I think goes well with Mission style. (I built a smaller alder end table which I have in projects to confirm that I would like the look). My only real concern is the softness of the wood. I’m prepared for some dinging over the years.

I will definitely look at extending the table six inches.

Another question. What are the pros/cons of making the top out of fewer pieces that run the length versus more pieces that run the width?

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