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i am building a dining table from a large amount of 1/2" walnut that I have had for years. the table will be 6x4 ft. I plan to make the top by gluing DOWN onto some substrate. friends have told me to use3/4" MDF but I have no idea that this is correct. my question is what material should I use as a substrate under the 1/2" walnut?  p.s.   the walnut consists of 36" long x 31/2" wide pieces.

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Hi Robert, I wouldn't suggest MDF over a good plywood. I think it's more stable and can usually support weight better with out sagging or deforming over time the way MDF can. Price shouldn't be that prohibitive, and weight is probably very similar. Hope that helps a little- Regards- Greg

P.S.- I'm also suggesting to go to a Lumber store to get plywood, or a plywood company like my local Connecticut Plywood. The choices are staggering, and the quality wide ranging for the same dollar...I am NOT a fan of Big Box Stores Plywood, and not necessarily for the quality of the product, it's how they store it and where it comes from that I'm most disagreeable with...

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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects, Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings, wood species recognition and usage,tool recommendations, blade types and recommendation,techniques and methods for many Woodworking related issues, etc.

Experience

Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.) Sold, built, serviced, setup Home, Industrial, and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools , provided knowledge, parts replacement, service, and on site service, Trade show Demo, and training as well.

Publications
Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002) ...("27 year compilation of expert know-how")

Education/Credentials
Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars from major Tool manufacturers, Skil/Bosch, Delta, Powermatic, Ritter, Porter cable, Milwaukee, Dewalt/B&Decker, Performax.

Past/Present Clients
Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT. (the Antiques capital of CT.), Golden Age of Trucking Museum,Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies. For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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