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#1 posted 06-23-2014 12:40 AM

“Actually the way you arranged your tabletop design is what caused the damage, you have wood expanding across the grain in two directions, your table edge frame should allow the surface to free float within or as stated above use veneered panels instead. You might have to cut it down and rebuild but I think it can still be saved. ”
- MarioF

What do you mean “free float”? I can’t use veneer, everything I do is reclaimed… I’d like to be able to build tables with this type of look to them, but obviously I want them to last.

I just read the stuff that JAAune posted, and it made me think of another little table I did which used pocket screws in the apron to hold down the top. It doesn’t appear to be damaged, but that second page he posted with the construction tip of using a sliding block, that’s some handy info.

I understand I added stress (or really prevented relief), so I’m looking at how to prevent that in the future. Not all of the pieces of wood I pick up are long, so creative designs is a must. If I can learn how to build stuff similar to what I did, yet prevent the stress, that would be ideal.

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