|Forum topic by jimmyhopps||posted 06-20-2014 06:23 PM||864 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-20-2014 06:23 PM
I’ve got my table top glued up and looking good, other than one end of it has a bit of a bow in it – if you are sitting at the head of the table, the left/right sides curl up and the center is lower. given the table design i can’t go back now with a plane and shave it off (and i’m not sure it wouldn’t curl more.
the top is built from 7 boards across each about 1” thick. to give it a more beefy look/feel, i glued a secondary set of boards around the bottom perimeter of the table (so its 1.75” thick top to bottom around the edges, and extends from the outer edge, inward towards the center for about 8”). I believe this second glue contributes to the bow. I can push it flat and have clamped it for a while also, but it quickly goes back, in part because the bottom perimeter is then in compression
To address this, i was thinking of cutting one or more slots through the bottom .75” boards such that they are not contributing / contributing less to the bowing – leaving the main tabletop untouched – there is a bevel on the sides of the table, so these slots won’t show too unless one is below the table. slots would be parallel with the brown colored wood that you can see in the picture. and after cutting the slots, i plan to put some epoxy in the slots while holding it all flat with a caul. that way, the bottom boards would certainly not be contributing to the bow, and would have some tension in it to help keep the main top flat if it top tried to bow.
Think this will work? other suggestions.