Finishing / hardening huge pine slab
Hi, first time poster here, so forgive me if this has been discussed before.
I'm making a dining table from a 5' x 9' pine slab. I want to harden the surface - do I use
1. an appropriate epoxy applied with a 'credit card' and then wipe-on poly
2. ca glue, then wipe-on poly.
3. no glues, go straight to 4 or 5 coats of wipe-on poly.
I want the finish to be 'close to the wood', and I've gotten that with wipe-on poly (and a lot of sanding) in the past.
This is for a client, who expressed some fear that the pine top would be too soft for her family life, but her husband likes the size of the wood. I'd like to do the best for them I can, and any advice is very much appreciated.