Connecting warped table legs to a particle board top

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Forum topic by Inthewoods12 posted 08-01-2020 12:58 PM 189 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2020 12:58 PM

Hi folks,

Just looking for some advice.

We have a nice dinner table with solid ash base that got warped most likely from moisture (see pictures). It pulled out the screws out of the melamine covered particle board that holds a pretty heavy stone top. I am wondering how you would go about repairing it.

Can I glue the base, put in a few new screws and clamp it down? I am concerned that the base warped a good amount and it’s solid hardwood, will it straighten out? What is the best type of adhesive to use here.

Or should I leave the base warped and put something in between the base and the tabletop (my only concern is to secure it, it doesn’t have to look pretty and even with warped base you can’t tell looking at the table.) What kind of material would make a good filler?

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 08-01-2020 01:25 PM

Very bad design to start with! I would squeeze some rtv silicone between the top and stringer from inside the frame, it will cure to be flexible enough to allow for wood movement.
That’s how most stone counter tops are installed in kitchen cabinets.

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#2 posted 08-01-2020 02:29 PM

It already pulled the screws loose, so it’s unlikely that more fasteners and/or glue will pull it back. Since you say it looks OK from above, I’d just add a few blocks to fill the gaps and try to stabilize it.

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#3 posted 08-01-2020 07:24 PM

I would check to see what’s actually warped, top or base.

If it is the base, you could try straightening, then screwing angle iron to it.

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#4 posted 08-01-2020 10:26 PM

Are you sure it warped from moisture? This kind of failure is pretty common from some one lifting a table when there is extra weight on it…

The answer might change how to view the repair…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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