Use Wide Boards Best-Side Up
Jim Staskal, Waunakee, WI
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.