Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: San Antonio, TX
This is an easy fix.
Cut down the seam, really narrow. Hammer some shims down in the gap created, slather some glue (I like elmer's) all over the cracks, nail down the edges with a 16d ring shank, then re-stain and you're golden.
Not really, although I think that the inlay option would be an awesome touch, and would make a mistake into a conversation piece. I'm with whoever said a router might be the better option, but without removing the top for the clamping, I honestly don't know how you'd do it.
Any way you go, I wish you the best of luck, and all in all, a nicely and solid built first project!