Warped oak ice cream parlor table top ...

roselee z8b S.W. TexasMay 17, 2008

Hubby and I are refinishing a recently acquired five piece ice cream parlor table set. Evidently the set had been left outside for some time. The solid oak table top had split in several places and one small section was missing. Hubby replaced it with a good quality pine board, but we wish now we had looked for an oak board instead. Anyway after glueing the pieces back with Gorilla Glue we see that the top is warped.

The chair seats have been sanded and stained, ready for varnish. Hubby thinks that the table top could be soaked with water and weighted down to flatten it. Does the collective knowledge of this group think this is feasable? Any tips on accomplishing it?

Thank you very much!

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Jon1270

No, soaking and weighting it down to flatten it won't work. Sorry.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 4:03PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Okay ... thanks Jon for your reply.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 4:09PM
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Jon1270

Sure -- sorry I didn't have better news. If you intend to use the table indoors and want it flat, it would probably be easiest to simply make a new top for it. If it will be outdoors and exposed to the weather, I wouldn't spend a lot of time fussing over it because the weather will undo your hard work anyhow.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 4:17PM
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bobismyuncle

I usually tell people trying to unwarp a board is like trying to unring a bell.

The link below explains what's happened and suggests a possible cure.

Here is a link that might be useful: compression shrinkage

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 4:52PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Thanks for the reply and for the link, bob's nephew. I read the whole thing. I guess we'll give up on the idea. It sounded plausible, but I guess not.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 6:58PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Jon, the table will be a covered patio and will end up having my small garden tools, gloves, seeds and stuff like that on it so I think I will just go ahead and sand, stain, varnish, and pretend the curves add to the charm. :-)

Thanks again to you both. It saved us a lot of time and trouble trying to straighten it.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 7:05PM
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