|Forum topic by camps764||posted 02-09-2012 05:42 PM||1503 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
02-09-2012 05:42 PM
Recently I completed a farmhouse style table – posted in my projects.
On the table i did “faux” breadboard ends. By ‘faux’ I mean, I jointed the mating edges and used dowels and glue to connect as opposed to the mortise and tenon approach (if that’s what it is called).
What has amazed me is the amount of shrinkage that my table has experienced lately. The part of my table between the breadboard ends (long grain?) has shrunk almost 1/16th of an inch! When I moved the table into the house the entire table was smooth, flush with the breadboard ends, and now on each side of the table I have a small ridge where the long part of the table transitions to the breadboard end. It’s the middle of winter here in Omaha, Ne, so the humidity hasn’t been too crazy.
That is the only culprit I can think of however. I stained the entire table, and then finished the top and legs with a wipe on poly. However, I did not use the poly on the underside of the top. When I asked the site about finishing both sides a while back I got answers from both sides of the aisle, some said to finish both, some said it didn’t matter.
It may be anecdotal, but I think I will finish all sides of my tables from now on!