|Forum topic by etrain||posted 12-17-2015 02:44 PM||620 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
12-17-2015 02:44 PM
First, I’m new to woodworking, so I will get that out of the way before I proceed. I just recently put together a table top, first one I have made. I milled down 4 pieces of pine to 7” wide by 1 3/8” thick. I joined the pieces/edges using 3/8” dowel pins and of course glue. The table top, now (approx. 27” wide by 40” long) has some warping. It seems like some of the pieces cup warped after I milled them. So I would like to ask some questions if I could and maybe someone could be of some help.
1. Can the table top be flattened? She’s about 1/8” to 3/16” off where she’s warped.
2. Will attaching the skirt help flatten the table? The table will support a miter saw, about 65 lbs. or so.
3. Is it a good idea to use Z clamps or should I use pocket holes when attaching the skirt? Is there a good way to keep paint out of the 3/32” groove for the Z clamps…tape?
4. When I buy lumber, should I set it flat on the floor of my basement (concrete), on its’ edge, stand it up, floating on a magic carpet?
5. How long should I store it before milling? Watching the wood I have, it appears it may take 3 weeks to acclimate. I do use a dehumidifier.
6. When using dowel pins or biscuits, do I need to use the method, if you will, where I used parallel clamps and cauls (spelling?)? I’m just learning about this method.
Thanks for reading!