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Large Fireplace mantel top

We have a large, for lack of a better term, mantel top for our family room fireplace. O/A 28" x 121". The front edge is 68 inches, so if you were to stand it up on edge, it looks like a triangle with its peak cut off.
OK, the wife wants a top. Option A is put # 1 pine lumber and edge glue it, then template it can cut the precise form. Option B is to use sheet goods.

The sheet goods are going to give me a better top to finish, but I'm concerned about moving this from the shop to its final home and the stress on the joints being so big.

The pine lumber will work, but will be more work.

In any case, I'm going to biscuit join the edges for edge alignment whether its lumber or sheet goods. I'm also going to do a bull nose on the edge when finished, so sheet goods edge is not going to be an issue.

There are a lot of you out there with more experience than I, so if anyone has any suggestions, let'm rip.

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Can you post any photos or a sketch? You'll get better responses if you can show what you want to do.
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drawing of job

here is a drawing of the proposed top. Hope this helps clear up any questions.
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No sketch showed up. Can you try posting again?
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Here it is again, although previous one is showing on my site.
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I've decided not to go with sheet goods, but use #1 pine lumber instead. On a 28 inch top is it better to use more narrower boards or fewer wider boards ?
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I would use baltic birch plywood and attach the necessary width of hardwood on the edge you want to put a bullnose on. The ply won't expand or contract over time, and will save you a lot of time. Use a flush trim bit and a router to make the hardwood edging exactly flush with the surface of the plywood before you bullnose it.
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