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Motivated to fix this reclaimed table. Tips needed!

by NewbieNatalie
posted 07-24-2016 01:47 PM


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TravisH

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#1 posted 07-24-2016 02:09 PM

For me it would just go with the distressed look of the table and I wouldn’t mess with trying to flatten it. I don’t think it was likely a dead flat table to begin with based on the wood selection and construction methods. The unfinished bottom may have accentuated the issue but I don’t think it would have stopped it.

If dead set on flattening the table I would likely just use a hand plane and get to work and slap finish on both sides once done. Another option is rip the table at the glue lines and true up each piece and re glue. Either way you are going to be refinishing.

I don’t see the sun/weight method being all that effective either but could be wrong. It will be the least labor intensive method if it works however so likely worth the shot.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 07-24-2016 02:23 PM

I think you’ve hit on the two of the main problems on this table has, the metal bands on the bottom are all wrong,wood expands and contracts with seasonal weather changes and moisture intake and release so the joinery on the bottom needs to hold the top flat and allow for movement ,the new cleats should do the job with the slotted holes. The bottom should be finished to equalize moisture intake on both sides of the wood.try your laying it out in the sun after you have removed those metal bands and see what happens. If it flattens out put a finish on the bottom( looks like the top either has some sort of oil finish like general finishes seal a cell) and install cleats after they have a finish them.

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 07-24-2016 02:24 PM



I think you ve hit on the two of the main problems on this table has, the metal bands on the bottom are all wrong,wood expands and contracts with seasonal weather changes and moisture intake and release so the joinery on the bottom needs to hold the top flat and allow for movement ,the new cleats should do the job with the slotted holes. The bottom should be finished to equalize moisture intake on both sides of the wood.try your laying it out in the sun after you have removed those metal bands and see what happens. If it flattens out put a finish on the bottom( looks like the top either has some sort of oil finish like general finishes seal a cell) and install cleats after they have a finish them.

- a1Jim

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