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Posted on 2x10 Tabletop with no breadboard? Cupping?

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#1 posted 08-02-2016 03:43 PM

Here’s another suggestion: Build the base using the best joinery possible, assuming it’s a keeper. Then, splurge on the ‘finest’ straight-grained construction grade lumber you can find. Let it acclimate in the shop for a month or so, then build your table top as you wish. If it’s affixed to the base using screws, in elongated holes, or via clips, or figure eights, or whatever, it can always be removed and replaced with a ‘proper’ hardwood top later if the thing moves like crazy.

If you see the project blog I did on this very table build, you see tops of the table and sideboard moved like crazy when first glued up. I was able to plane them flat and keep them flat with some patience.

If construction grade is what you want, go for it and learn stuff along the way.

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