Here’s a dining table I made for my daughter’s family of six. The 6′ top (plus two 12″ leaves) is made of mesquite, a Texas-sized “weed” that covers much of the state. The table surface uses mesquite-faced engineered flooring from a local fabricator. I glued that to 3/4 baltic birch plywood yielding a top about 1-3/8 thick. The edges and breadboard ends are solid mesquite. The trestle base is red oak, stained black to match the black epoxy filler used in the voids common in mesquite wood.
– Henry Burks