OK starting my endeavor today to get all that I need for a farm type table I'm going to build. I've picked up some red oak that was sitting in a barn for a few years I was told, now sitting in my barn for 6 months or so. I was able to get some pretty flat pieces of 6/4 10"-12" wide x 12' out of the pile. Table will only be 7'long. Some questions.
I'm am going to keep the rough saw as virgin as possible for the top and benches, it was cut with a 36" saw and looks really awesome.
The legs being joined will most likely be like LolaRanch did or metal that bracing I will make, NP there.
Joining the top is one problem, I've read so many different ideas I've been confused which isn't hard now a days.
Trying to stay as old school and original as I can will just gluing the boards together be OK?
Then finishing the top, I've never finished anything this rough and don't know if poly's will work or look very well. Any opinions will be appreciated?
Lastly is connecting the top to the apron which will be rough sawn 2"x4" with cross supports. I have read no glue to allow it to move, some say glue it to death and screw it to death. Which shall I do?