Dining Room Table Repair Options


Many years ago, we bought an oak dining room table. Without leaves, it is 60" long and is made up of random widths of 1" planks (with all of the edges doubled). Last summer, we had a couple of weeks of incredibly dry weather and the table developed a split in the middle of one of the glued-up seams. As the humidity increased a bit, the split pretty much closed up but you can still see it if you look for it.
The boards on either side of the split seam are both 3" wide. As I see it my options are:
1. Live with it until the split reaches one end of the glue line. 2. Cut out the reactionary piece. (The table might look a little unbalanced.) 3. Cut out the reactionary wood and glue in a new piece of oak. (I doubt I could duplicate the edge treatment or the staining & finishing.) 4. Use a thin-kerf blade and cut the reactionary wood into 3 or 4 thinner strips and re-glue. (This would still probably require some sanding, staining and refinishing.) 5. Use a glue-line rip blade to cut the failed joint and re-glue it with dowels or biscuits to give the joint a little extra strength in tension.
Have I missed antyhing?
Thanks, Ed Bailen
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