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    • Thanks Dave. All credit goes to Marc in this video. I post this so that others can get a better idea from the video than from my ramblings. At about 18:10 into the video for using the Domino. He demonstrates other bb end methods prior to that. 
    • Nicely done Coop and a great description on how to do drawbore as well. 
    • I glued up the original walnut boards for the top and squared the ends using  a circ saw and straight edge. I moved the straight edge over a 1/16” or so and used a hand held router and an up cut straight bit to really clean up the ends. As mentioned, the bb ends will be attached using the domino and draw bore dowels. The hole in the center tenon will be 1/4” and the others will be elongated to allow for wood movement, I cut homemade tenons to 1.5” wide. The mortises in the top were cut using the Domino in three separate plunges. Thanks @Chestnut!  I cut the bb ends to size and marked the center lines for the mortises to correspond to the marks on the top. The mortises in the bb ends were cut to extend 1/8” on both sides of those in the top, except for the center ones and they are 1.5” wide.  The tenons are then glued into the mortises in the top. These will be rigid. While the glue dried, I rounded over the front and back edges with a 1/16” round over bit. Using the centerline marks on the bb ends, I drilled 1/4” holes, 1/2” from the inside edges. I then slid the bb ends onto the tenons on the top, clamped the ends to the top and using the same 1/4” Fortsner bit, I marked the holes into the tenons. I then extended these marks 1/16” of an inch closer to the edge adjoining the top panel to allow for the draw bore dowel. I then drilled two 1/4” holes in each tenon, thus making the hole 1/2” wide to allow for movement. The holes were cleaned up using a chisel and rat tail file. After dry fitting the pieces together, I removed the ends and cut 1/4” dowels and tapered one end to help guide it thru the holes in the tenon. I applied glue to the two center tenons and mortises as well as in these holes. The three pieces were then put back into clamps. The two center dowels were tapped into place, extending proud of the top and bottom. The remains dowels were then hammered in and glue was applied to the top ends of the dowel and tapped in further about 1/16” or so to secure it but not so far that the glue would reach the tenon. With the glue wiped clean, I’ll let this set overnight and trim the dowels off tomorrow.      
    • Your finish, or more correctly, the thickness and durability of your finish is more important than the thicknes of the veneer.  Assumging that, several years from now, the finish shows serious signs of wear, it should be refinished before the wear affects the veneer.
    • Look at Certainly Wood.  They have thicker veneers.
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