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03-03-2018 01:49 PM

Hello I’m new here, and wanted to ask a question for those skilled in woodwork. I bought a farmhouse table from a local builder, and the top had to be replaced because there was some gapping between boards. This first table was study and heavy. You could not pick it up easily. After the top was replaced with the same legs it seems that a corner can easily be lifted up with not much force. Same goes for the opposite side across the table. the other corners are heavy to lift. I don’t know if I’m explaining it right. I was just curious, why the last built table seem heavy and sturdy and not this one. Maybe warped boards?? I tried and tightening the legs and its not helping. There is no way of getting ahold of this builder because they are avoiding me now, and are not answering my emails. I am going to try and post a video see if it works. thanks

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#1 posted 03-03-2018 02:26 PM

From the video it appears that one leg is a little short and is not supporting all the weight of that corner. I suggest you try shimming under that “Light” corner leg and see if this is the problem.

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#2 posted 03-03-2018 02:40 PM

I agree with Jim that the legs are not all firmly on the floor. That could be the result of the new top racking (twisting) the frame when it was installed. You may be able to correct this by loosening the fasteners that attach the top and then carefully retighten them. You might even try turning the top 180 degrees to see if that will help. I can’t tell from the videos just how the top is attached. Try to avoid completely tightening one spot and then moving on to the next. Snug up all of the fasteners and then go back for more tightening. Work around much like you would when tightening a wheel on your car. In that case you alternate lugs in a star pattern to avoid warping the wheel. Check the table as you go and you might find one spot that pulls the frame out of whack if you really tighten down on it.

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#3 posted 03-03-2018 02:44 PM

Table seems twisted, which could be from being moved into a dry environment like most of us have in the winter or from an uneven floor. And soft pine will move more than a hard wood will. I would just put a small shim under the two legs that can be easily lifted or wait to see if the table settles. I see the legs are held on with a nut and a corner plate and it would be simple to tip the table on it’s side and move the legs to different positions to see if that helps.

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#4 posted 03-03-2018 02:53 PM

Yep. Jim Finn is right. If the table was O.K. before but now has this problem with the new top, it is most likely that the new top is slightly twisted making the whole assembled table slightly twisted and most of the weight of the table is supported by the two diagonal “heavy” legs. This may cure itself (or may not) given time. If it doesn’t, just glue a little shim on the bottom of the two “light” legs. If it were me, I would give it some time to see if it will settle down before gluing the shims.

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#5 posted 03-04-2018 05:53 AM

Hi all, I’m new here too..

One other consideration I would have about that table is “if the floor is flat”.

But in any event, if that’s where the table is gonna live now, I would just use different sized sliders on each leg to shim it up.



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#7 posted 03-05-2018 06:57 PM

Hi thanks for the replies. Regarding my floor it is well leveled. Never had an issue with that form our other tables in the past. Well I tried the loosening of the nuts, but nothing seem to happen. Then I added a thin shim on both light legs and it seemed to work that side would not lift up easily but, now the opposite side is doing what the bad side was doing before the shims. So Im not sure what to do anymore, My guess is that the two light legs are too short and causes wobbling. Maybe its just a matter of playing with the thickness of the shims. thank you.

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