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#1 posted 05-22-2017 01:05 PM

It depends on how thick the top is, but if 3/4’ you should be able to take out most of that bow with the breadboads & the rest when you mount to aprons. You may have to make the overhang short, like 1”. Keep a batten clamped the whole time you’re doing it & make the tenons as long as possible for maximum strength.

Like RickM, I also don’t alternate growth rings for panels. Grain matching/grain direction is far more important to me. Nothing worse then hand planing a top with grain direction going opposite ways from board do board.

Everything depends on wood being acclimated and how you are storing your panels after glue up. This is HUGE. After glue up, keep your panels in clamps and stickered or wrapped in plastic to minimize movement. One big mistake I used to make was keeping glued up panels in an non-climate controlled shop. Disaster & frustrated used to await me the next morning!

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