Dining table troubles

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Blog entry by Rwndy posted 06-20-2019 03:15 PM 562 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone, to start with I don’t consider myself a professional furniture builder, but I built my daughter a dining table 70” long , the red oak I’m using has been sticked and stored in the barn for 3years , I brought it in my garage and over a week period planed , joined , and cut all pieces into good lumber , the next week started glueing and tapering legs Mortising joints reading for glueing, i glued the table top in 2 different pieces then I glued the legs and frame together , after this I put the 2 tops on the frame and glued them together while also clamping it to the frame to make sure they stayed true. Then I glued the top to the table frame and again clamped straight edges to keep everything true, after glueing all together and over the next week I put tongue oil on the frame and several coats of lacquer on the top , the table looked great , then I took it in the house after a few days it bowed like a banana, needless to say I’m sick to my stomach. I took the table back to my shop and slowly after a few days pulled the legs back in with straps and got the table back level and looking great. My question is , now what ? Is it screwed up ?, will it bow back ? What can I do to save this table? Do I need to just cut it in half and install a table glide or can I save it ?

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#1 posted 06-20-2019 03:32 PM

Your have forced the wood into position with clamps during the gluing process, leaving it with internal stresses that need to be relieved – and with a table that large, the stresses WILL be relieved. There are many table construction methods discussed on this site that allow for wood movement. Perhaps some of the moderators will give you some links to those discussions.

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#2 posted 06-20-2019 03:41 PM

You posted this same topic to the Designing Woodworking Projects Forum yesterday. There are ten responses in that thread, so why post this? Blogs aren’t for asking questions anyway.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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