If I understand you correctly, your design is certainly not a classic
construction method for a top, and would be more appropriate for a door or
That is not bad in itself, because rules are made to be broken ... but in
woodworking there is always risk in doing so.
If you're set on it, you can get away with your design much easier, and with
less movement issues, if you use 3/4" Oak plywood for the panels instead of
wood, particularly if you are looking for a flat table top from edge to
If you don't do that, you might want to consider a solid wood top, and
forego all "rails"; or a solid wood top with breadboard ends, and forego
your long "rails".
Just my tuppence ...
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