I got my 5 pieces cut and ready to glue up for the top. 7 3/4 wide, 1 1/8 thick, 72 long.
My question, I was thinking about making sure all the grain was going the same direction so that any finish planing after they are glued together, the plane would travel all boards the same direction. Is that a good idea, or am I look at possible causing an unforeseen problem such as bowing length wise. I understand that if the boards reverse grain direction they tend to off set bowing like that. Right now all the boards are good, but the future? The Trestle table will be outside under our Gazebo. Protected from rain and sun, but subject to heat and humidity changes more so than if it were inside the house. I plan on finishing it with Varnish, all sides.
I’m thinking the undercarriage would help prevent bowing, but I have learned that wood has the strength of Superman when it wants to bow, twist or expand. Oh almost forgot, I switched from Oak to Cedar for this project as the grain on my cedar was much straighter than the Oak was and I had problems with the Oak curving.
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