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Large dining table construction

Larry in Tennessee
I am building a large farmhouse style dining table. Yesterday we jointed and glued up the top. It is close to 300 lbs. and is made from 8/4 red oak. The width is 45" and the length is 11'.

The aprons are 4" wide 5/4 red oak and will be mortised (and pegged) into standard 29" table legs that are 5" wide at the top. The distance between legs on the side tenons is 9' 10".

My friend's wife would prefer just 4 legs but I think we need another one of two down the middle of the table for added support.

Any advice on how best to support this beast of a table so it won't sag over time?

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