|Forum topic by NewbieNatalie||posted 07-24-2016 01:47 PM||385 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
07-24-2016 01:47 PM
Complete woodworking novice here. I’ve always wanted to get into vintage furniture restoration, but just haven’t had much of a chance.
I just gained possession of a beautiful dining table made of reclaimed wood. It was built 3-4 years ago by an apparent reputable company. It is cupped particularly on one side (center of the table dips below one side) I contacted the builder to see what they’d recommend to fix it and they sent me a new support system (they apparently don’t use the same thing for these tables anymore) and hardware to connect beneath the table top and said it may straighten out over time. I’m inexperienced, but it seems doubtful to me that this would work on its own.
The top of the tabletop is finished, but the underside is not. Could this be the culprit? The table was originally built in the Midwest and then wound up in the extra hot and humid southeast.
My general plan is to put the tabletop out in the sun for a couple hours in the grass cupped tabletop side down. Watch it very closely until it is as flat as possible. Immediately bring it in and put weight down on it while it cools to hold it flat. Leave the weight there until I’m ready to seal the underside of the table. Remove weight, seal the bottom of the table and lean it up to make sure there is airflow while it dries.
One big question I have is whether I have to strip the finish off the top before putting it out in the sun. I don’t mind stripping it, and finishing the top and bottom the same, I’m just concerned I won’t be able to replicate the finish—as I’ve said I’m pretty inexperienced.
Is it completely naïve to think this might work? Different steps you would suggest? Cautions you would add? I’m also wondering if I can store the table in my garage for this whole process. It is a little warm in there and probably pretty humid.
I’m really hoping I can salvage this table, but I’m slightly worried I will ruin it during this process.