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#1 posted 04-07-2021 06:40 PM

Of course it will cup if you heat one side. My suggestion is if the cupping is unacceptable you will need to re mill the table. I am saying rip the top back down to boards and plane them till flat.
- Aj2

My blood pressure is rising! Seriously, I’m really grateful for all of you jumping in to help. This is where my inexperience shows.

I don’t think it’s bad enough to re-cut the boards and start from scratch. At least I want to try some science first to help it go back.

Heat both sides evenly. Finish both sides evenly.
- Madmark2

This is what I wanted to hear! Thank you Madmark2. This is what I want to pursue. It doesn’t need to be perfect, I just need it to go back enough to where an average person wouldnt confuse it for a skateboarding half-pipe. The table is for my own home, not a client.

All that work for a temporary color change? No thank you.

+1 maple
This is only way I would make purple wood:

- CaptainKlutz

I was really drawn to the color that purpleheart can look at it’s best. That was why I started this table.

Look at this color here!

So I really wanted the natural color. Dying another wood purple, to me wouldn’t look as elegant and might look a little more whimsical.

I know it browns after (5 years I think). That’s why I got the thick boards, My plan was to re-sand and finish again in 5 years. Working with this wood was just something I had to do.

8/4 PH is $4.00/bf at Advantage Lumber Florida. It s cheaper than Maple.
Should be nowhere near a grand.

- Ocelot

Yikes, I should’ve rented a van and gone to FL. I live in CA, and I paid a lot more than that! Well over a grand, but I have nearly 3ft cut offs from each of the 5 boards and I want to make a matching coffee table. The dining table is 48” x 80”

Anyways, Thank you all! I will keep you posted. I’m gonna put it out in the sun bottom up or heat gun and hope it goes back. Then finish roasting the top, then probably re-do the back again. This has been way more work than intended, and my wife is close to using the heat gun on me. but if it works out, I’ll be grateful.


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