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Re: dresser

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-119.rconnect.com)
Date: 1/24/3 23:53

In Response To: dresser (j duke)

A combination of things come to mind. First it sounds as though you skipped glueing the center of the sublayer, and I suspect you may have used a Water Borne Finish? Skipping some of the glue is a big part of the problem, along with moisture. where you did the work and where the piece is now has a lot to do with the buldge you describe. check to see if there is more moisture in the present location of the piece and where it was worked on and stored. If so then you have established a norm at the time of finishing that is not compatable with the present location of the piece. Normally this would not have a great bearing on the end result, bur since some of the thin layer in the top was not glued down you now can see how much contracting and expanding can take place. I know it is not very pleasent to hear now, but this is the fascinating truth of wood working. The life of a piece of furniture is reliant on the design and the ability of that aspect to keep all the parts in harmony with their surrondings, especially moisture.

To make a long story short, you may want to recreate the dry condition that existed befor the buldge came along. This should allow the top layer to decend somewhat. Try to reduce the effect with a light buld of medium entensity so as to warm and dry the surface. this will take a while, consider in this time what you have done to deserve this punishment and take account of your life. Now you will notice that things have somehow gotten better and you may proceed with the glue that you had skipped in the first place. With resolve not to take short cuts in the future. drill a set of 1/16 inch holes up from the bottom of the top. Make sure not to drill too deep, tap the top to knock wood crumbs out of the holes you have drilled, turn the piece upside down now inject Liquid Hide glue into the holes with a syringe. Tape a piece of wax paper over the location where the holes are to prevent a new mess, and turn the piece back onto it's base. Put a lot of weight on the area, sand bags work great for this, but books padded bricks, it's all the same, now wait on the weight. Promise to go forward and sin no more.

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