|Forum topic by groland||posted 562 days ago||844 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
562 days ago
I am working on my first table top. I decided to start small with a small end table with a top about 14×17” made of three pieces of cherry. I got the three boards jointed (alternating end grain rings) and edge-glued nicely and it was flat, smooth and ready for final sanding and finishing. I was so happy!
Then, I left it in my workshop for a couple days, and when I went in last night the whole top had a slight curve in it, about 1/16-3/32 high. What might have caused this?
I do not have a wide drum sander or thickness planer wide enough to take the whole top, so I’m going to have to hand plane it flat (again). I am confident I can do this, but I am now worried that it will bow again.
Is there a method to stop this?
Is it good practice to plane the top flat, finish sand it and get the finish on immediately to “stabilize” the top? I’m just not sure what the best practice is.