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Forum topic by gpastor posted 09-03-2016 06:23 PM 790 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2016 06:23 PM

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I have made many woodwork project big and small but never made any thing this big. The bar top is 30 foot long and 29” wide with two small recesses. The substrate is made from 3 layers of 3/4 plywood and will be covered with 3/4 oak. As you can see in the picture making the base or substrate was no problem. My dilemma is how do I apply the three-quarter Oak. Should I just glue it down in all areas or just glue it down in the center and leave room for expansion. If I glued it all down to the substrate will the substrate expand and contract with the oak or will I have problems down the road with separation cracking etc.

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#1 posted 09-03-2016 09:58 PM

G, I am not certain why you want to have 3-4 layers of substrate, but here are my thoughts: Use the substrate as desired and veneer 1/8” oak to the substrate. Or, don’t use the substrate and only glue the 3/4” oak to the front of the bar and let it float toward the back. FWIW

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 11:58 PM

What about some type of cleat, just like a normal table top. plenty of room for expansion

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#3 posted 09-06-2016 12:32 AM

I might offer that this sounds like a great application for a nice oak plywood. no worries about expansion. You could band the edges with a nice oak molding to cover the plys.


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