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Expansion and contraction

by Fireworker1205
posted 08-15-2017 03:10 PM

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#1 posted 08-15-2017 04:23 PM

Plywood is stable and does not have the same expansion/contraction issues as you would get making a tabletop out of solid planks. In fact, most commercially made tables are sheet goods (Plywood, MDF, etc.) with a veneer on top and some hardwood trim around the edges. I would say go for the plywood.

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#2 posted 08-15-2017 04:25 PM

Use ply with epoxy used like that. It will not move noticeably.

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#3 posted 08-15-2017 06:37 PM

Plywood should be fine.

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#4 posted 08-15-2017 08:34 PM

Plywood is stable and won’t give you issues like solid wood would. Plywood is recommended for your application.

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#5 posted 08-17-2017 12:42 AM

There is a restaurant I go to from time to time that has tables made from glued up 6/4 red oak and covered in the poured epoxy you are talking about. I have yet to see a split or crack in any of them. I don’t know how they get by with it but they have zero problems. It may be that the epoxy has a certain amount of elasticity.

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