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Barry Irby
I am not familiar with maple flooring, locally oak is common and maple is rare. The flooring I have worked with is not perfectly flat on either side. They are anticipating the bottom side to be on the subfloor and out of site and the top side to be sanded heavily. I'm concerned this material will not mate up and make excellent glue joints. Inspect it carefully and and clamp a few pieces together to see if it will "lay up". I suspect you may want to run it through a planer or sander to flatten and clean up both sides, especially the bottom. This will also be good if the flooring is old, dinged, dirty, or oxidized. If you glue up dirty or oxidized wood you get tiny stripes at the joints, especially at the joints.

The second reason I have been concerned about the overhang breaking is the grooves. They reduce the surface area in the joint and thus the strength.

If the grooves are narrow and only educe the glue surface by a small percentage and the joints are clean and tight, I doubt there is any serious danger of a failure, but You have indicated this is all new to you and you have limited equipment and clamps so you might not get the best results. If any of the joints near the "hinge point" fails the over hang could fall off. This could be a "Fatal error" in both senses, the joint failed and it could crush a toe or child. The future is a long time and this joint has to last.

OTOH, I perfectly understand the urge to take "nothing" and make something out of it. It seems I am always trying to take some wood I got cheap or free or have had forever and trying to make something out of it with tools I don't have.

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Help with a butcher block top
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More on clamping
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weight issue
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test it
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Agree...
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fatal and near fatal errors
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Some sage advice
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Save yourself a lot of trouble *PIC*
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suggestion
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More explanation....
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Yeah, but.....
Wandering OT
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Tool to smooth the top??
Knots - character or trouble?
Might cause issues? You ever use a hand plane?
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All planes need the same skills
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glue appplication information
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$12/bdft for 8/4 hard maple? Wow! *NM*
I answered this question in my first reply
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