Fix for tabletop that is moving upwards from frame

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Forum topic by KonaCustom posted 03-12-2018 10:56 PM 480 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2018 10:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tabletop fix wood movment

Im looking for advice on how to fix this table top board that has moved about an eighth of an inch upwards. The only thing that comes to mind is to plane it down but the table is already finished and has several coats of poly. Strip the table top plane down and refinish? Any suggestions greatly appreciated. update this is a table with bread board ends.The top consists of 3 2×12’s between breadboard ends. The middle 2×12 has moved up approximately an eighth of an inch just before it meets the breadboard..I used dowels to attach bread board. Reading on this site I realize I did not account for wood movment as I glued all dowels.

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#1 posted 03-12-2018 11:06 PM

can you do some photos that show more of the table ?
kind of hard to tell what’s what with the close up view.

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#2 posted 03-12-2018 11:15 PM

Looks like you have cross grain joints. Anytime you have boards attached 90 degrees to one another, wood movement must be accounted for. Breadboard ends are one example, and information on proper construction is readily available here and elsewhere.

I usually resist the urge to frame tabletops because wood movement almost always leads to alignment problems or cracks. If you must frame tabletops, study up on various breadboard end techniques.

Best of luck with it.

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#3 posted 03-12-2018 11:19 PM

Planing it down will probably fix it for now. I’m still trying to figure out how everything is connected, be it your screw or dowel?

Construction lumber has a bunch of extra moisture. Breadboard end would help.

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#4 posted 03-12-2018 11:34 PM

The photo really isn’t enough information to understand the situation. Is that a draw bored pin or something?

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