I was thinking about a really nice end grain cutting board style top. Having said that, it will probably not be feasible just due to costs but I also don't think it would change the problem too much. The problem is, of course, that I can't smooth the entire surface at one go and will have to do it in sections. I can set the height of sections I will probably need 3 or 4 sections. The only thing I could think of was to very carefully glue each of the sections together, which seems very hard and error-prone.
I also figured that I would be practicing on pine to get the process down before doing it on anything even moderately expensive.
Does it make sense to attempt to overlap some of the sections? Like, if I only wanted it 2 inches thick, set a router bit on a table to shave off 1-inch lips? If I were to go that route, how I could squeeze the top and bottom portions of the top in glue up given that they would probably be 16 inches in the middle? I realize that this would mean getting a 46 inch top rather than a 48 inch, but life will continue. Alternatively, I could do it using 14-inch sections and using 4 of them. I don't think that would make clamping the middle any easier but it might? Does it? What would I use?
Last edited by bholland; 11-07-2018 at 12:41 PM.