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Making dining room table procedure questions

Gentleman, I am making a dining room table for my daughter. My questions involve the top. I am using 3/4 MDF for the substrate and I intend to glue 3/16ths curly maple to the top and a lesser grade maple to the bottom. The top is round (54 in. radius) with two 12 in. leafes to be added . I have thiner maple a intend to wrap around the edge and make a skirt. My questions are these.
1. What would be the best type of glue to use for this project.
2. When should I cut the piece in half-before or after I glue the
3. Should I edge glue the curly maple strips all together and
then glue to MDF all at once or apply to substrate and glue
pieces as I go.
4. Is there a particular brand or type of hardware I should use
for the leaf extention mechanism.
All comments and suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.
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I think you will be unhappy with using mdf because of the weight. It will make for a very heavy table. If you are going to use it there is maple plywood available with the mdf core so all you would have to do is laminate the curly maple to the face. I think lumber core plywood would be better for your top. Now the 3/16" curly is a little thin to edge glue in that large a piece. I would be inclined to laminate it on one strip at a time and use a carpenters glue. I think if you get too many of them on at one time it would be a nightmare to clamp. There are a number of places you can get the table extensions. I use I'm assuming it is a pedestal table so I would use the M5 extension. It will open up for 24" for leaves. It's the smallest size they carry. You will also need about two table top aligners. It is a flat piece of metal that attaches to the underneath side of the top and helps keep the seam flush. Then you will need six table pins, three for the top and three for the leaf. They are dowels that align the seam.
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