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#1 posted 04-22-2017 11:46 PM

A lot of good advise already given, and I hope I’m not repeating anything already posted. Just a couple things after looking at your pictures, IMHO …
1. Don’t leave your stock flat on the concrete floor …. its like a sponge in water
2. With panel glue ups, if at all possible, alternate the growth rings. One board crown up, next board crown down and on and on.
3. It appears you have not yet cut your panels to final size … if you’d like, you could rip n flip the panels on your table saw, trim the freshly cut edges and re-glue. Remember what JBrow mentioned before about the orientation of your stock during jointing and complimentary angles …. well it also works for table saw cuts. You can compensate for the smallest deviation from a perfectly square blade to table saw top.
4. After you’ve glued your panels with biscuits wait several days, a week is better, before final surfacing. If you sand to soon you might end up with football shaped depressions, that will show themselves after you’ve applied finish. The wood, and more so the biscuits, absorb moisture from the glue, and swell. You sand the panel smooth and flush. The moisture evaporates with time, and the wood and biscuits shrink, to reveal a nice football shape where you placed your biscuits.
Good luck with your project :)

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