Q: Jim Staskal, Waunakee, WI A: There’s no need to rip the boards narrower, and there’s no need to alternate the direction of the growth rings. I’ve routinely glued up 12-in.-wide boards for tabletops for 40 years without any problems. And I always face the best side of every board out, where it will be seen, regardless of whether the growth rings turn up or down. However, a wide top definitely needs to be attached to aprons, cleats, or breadboard ends to help keep it flat.
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