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I am in the very beginning stages of building a dining room table. I have a lot of +/-3/4" material that I would like to use (free is better than buying new) . Is there any problem laminating the thinner material to make a thicker top? I have seen pics of it done before but wonder how it is done. And also wonder if it is actually safe to do or will I run into problems down the road.
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It doesn't hurt anything to laminate 3/4" wood to make a 1 1/2" thick top. I would join the wood to make it 1 1/2" first and then make the top out of it.
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You have the opportunity to pick the best lumber that will show for the surface of the table and hide the lesser wood underneath for the lamination.
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I hope you have a LOT of heavy duty clamps to laminate large pieces of 3/4 boards!
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can you fill the bottom with mdf or poplar or something cheap? or just leave it hollow entirely...

maybe the different expansion rate would be an issue
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It doesn't hurt anything to laminate 3/4" wood to make a 1 1/2" thick top. I would join the wood to make it 1 1/2" first and then make the top out of it.

When doing this, does the grain orientation of the top and bottom board matter?

I was once told that the rings of the end grain should be set opposite so when the boards move, they pull in opposite directions and kinda neutralize themselves out? Is there any truth behind this?
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When doing this, does the grain orientation of the top and bottom board matter?

I was once told that the rings of the end grain should be set opposite so when the boards move, they pull in opposite directions and kinda neutralize themselves out? Is there any truth behind this?
Yes, the grain of both layers should run in the same direction.

As for alternating the direction of the rings there is debate about that, it is not written in stone, if the surface of a board is better on one side than the other go with the good surface over ring direction.

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