Fix bow on Rustic Pine Table

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Forum topic by Kenped86 posted 08-24-2014 06:22 PM 853 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2014 06:22 PM

I have this rustic pine table presumably made down in ciudad acuna, mexico. The table spent a little bit of time out on the patio in Arkansas where it absorbed some moisture from the humid air and a single panel has developed a bow. What would be your first repair technique? Thanks.


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#1 posted 08-24-2014 06:26 PM

If you can knock the rail off that end, I’d use a biscuit or dowel to rejoin it. When the rail is off, clamp some solid thick hardwood to both sides and see if you can get the bow out of it. Then use the biscuit joiner and wait for a couple days in a humid environment with clamps still on. The biscuit will keep it in line. I’d do it for all the boards once you get the rail off.
Or if you’re good at matching finishes, just sand it down.

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#2 posted 08-25-2014 03:49 PM

I’m not sure how that is attached, but that’s a risky configuration best reserved for engineered substrates and veneers.

This happened because wood likes to expand across the growth rings. The rail has grain running in the opposite direction than the panel. That panel has nowhere to go – so it went up. If this is a proper breadboard style configuration with a tongue and groove, loose panel and just a few pins, it would have been ok.

So long story short, even if you get it flat, it will happen again.


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