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#1 posted 09-28-2015 08:14 PM

What your planning should work. But 2 things come to mind. First, the walnut will move, the MDF will not. So if you fix them together with glue, the Walnut will not be happy. Second, I’m not sure you need a torsion box if you have an apron. I’ve never built a solid wood table that big, but it seems like as long as the apron is thick enough, it will keep bowing in check. A good glue-up of the top with alternating grain direction will go a long way in that regard as well. With a torsion box with a solid wood top and apron, your basically building 2 tables and stacking them. Of course, either way you decide, a good support system underneath, properly attached to allow wood movement is critical.

Just my .02!

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