Pictured below are the two pieces sliding along the dovetailed rails to form the table top. You can see the amount of checking would render these boards useless if cut down for component parts. I feel good about using heavily checked wood for Nakashima style tables. But a silly amount of bow ties was required.
I am curious to see the colour streaking with a finish.
I am waiting on some General Finishes water based polyurethane, to do some tests with. I'd love to use something more natural but the tables will be high use.