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Project by inmysparetime posted 1268 days ago 1186 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out as a stool but it is now being used as a side table next to my couch. It is all held together with dowels. The top is finished with 8 coats of Arm-R-Seal so it’s well protected. It’s been in my living room for several months now and I’ve noticed the top is starting to bow up in the middle along the glue joint. I’m not sure if this is weather related or what but it’s rather pronounced now. I think it might be because when I glued the 2 pieces together I changed the grain orientation so the top would match better (you can clearly see on the sides). Any suggestions?

-- Mike from Mass





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MaxPatchs

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#1 posted 1268 days ago

sweet

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Jonathan

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#2 posted 1268 days ago

I can’t tell how the frame is constructed from your picture. Is the top just attached to the legs, or is there a cross member/rail directly underneath the seat top that goes all the way around? It doesn’t look like there’s any sort of rail below the seat from the picture. Did you seal the underside of the zebrawood?

I do like the neutral white frame because it really allows the zebrawood to take center stage.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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inmysparetime

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#3 posted 1268 days ago

The bottom has 5 coats of Arm-R-Seal, no rail underneath. I wanted it to look open so the top is attached to the base with 1/2” dowels in each leg.

-- Mike from Mass

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Jonathan

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#4 posted 1268 days ago

That’s a problem right there. I know you probably don’t want to take it apart, but a rail secured to the zebrawood underneath would’ve helped counter any bowing, or in your case, crowning in the wood.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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standfir

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#5 posted 1267 days ago

Love how the Zebra wood looks against the white paint!!! Nice work. Maybe add a top rail if there isn’t one, and then use pocket screws to suck that down

-- If you build it, they will come

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