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Re: Cracked Dining Table

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool247-137.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 7/31/5 00:07

In Response To: Cracked Dining Table (D Huggins)

The issue with a table like yours is in the moisture. No matter what you do to the top, if the bottom is not sealed, then it will swell and shrink with the changes in humidity. You will want to put a coat of finish on the bottom and then try to control the variation in your house. A dehumidifier and a humidifier for the winter would be a good idea too, try to keep the moisture around 35% if possible. As for the crack, you need to look below to see how the top is attached to the table base. If the fasteners are such that they are holding the edges and allowing the center to stretch apart when the dry winter months occur, then it will crack in a new spot next winter. First place sliding table clips or slot the screw holes and add some washers to the screw heads. Then the movement in the top will not effect the crack. Wait till the crack opens and then use epoxy in the crack, remove the outside screws that hold the top to the base and clamp the crack shut with pipe clamps and pads to avoid marks. A slow cure epoxy like T88 will give you lots of open time and a good strong bond, use some paste wax over the finish to keep squeeze out glue from sticking to the finish. Just use caution to keep the wax out of the crack. When the glue sets you can make the top secure with slipping hardware and remove the excess glue with a chisel edged stick, then wax and buff the top for a satin sheen.

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