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#1 posted 08-23-2017 06:14 PM

Attaching another photo after reading that article. The movement would still occur even if it s glued well in place ? – mkyb14

Yes! There is no glue or finish that will stop wood movement. You need to plan for it. If you insist on a 1” band, you could use an interrupted sliding dovetail system (more work, I know, but tried-and-true. A mitered band is destined to fail)

Separate dovetail blocks can be screwed to the end of the table panel and a band with a dovetail slot is slid over them—no glue:

The side pieces—-where you have long-grain-to-long-grain—can be glued on. (I would set the nails—or replace them with counter-sunk screws—and flatten that edge to get a good glue joint.)

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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