I'm thinking of making a table top from this stock. The plan would be to make 2-off 1m squares and (maybe) a 0.5 x 1m removable centre leaf. Clearly, I shall have to source something for the legs and frame.
So - questions:
1" isn't really thick enough for a stable table top and probably too shallow to biscuit joint, so I was toying with the idea of mounting these boards onto sheets of ply, screwed in from below to keep everything in place. Does this sound sensible?
Ideally, I'd like to curve the ends of the outer leaves. This would be a simple (famous last words) task to cut, but there will need to be a border around the edges and this would have to be bent into shape. How hard is it to steam and bend a (matching or contrasting) hardwood strip, which is something I've never tried before? (If this isn't going to be reliable, pragmatism says it should be rectangular!)
With the best will in the world, although they look very straight by eye, there will inevitably be some small gaps where boards meet. I'm thinking sawdust from the timber mixed with some glue would be the way to fill these. Any better suggestions?
Once built, sanded off etc etc, I'll need to finish the surface with some kind of treatment, and there are many available. It would probably look best with a good sheen at least, if not high gloss, so that probably rules out oiling. I've always quite liked French polish, but I wonder if there are any 'modern' alternatives that would perform as well as this and give a more durable finish. There will be plenty of offcuts to experiment with, of course.
Any answers or further suggestions, especially from experience, would be appreciated.