Warped (Twisted) Pine Dining Table Top
I am currently refinishing a pine trestle dining table. The table was my grandfathers, so there is sentimental value. He had it custom made by a local woodworker.
I would estimate that the table is from the early 1970s. The top is solid pine (appears to be several "planks"). 2.5" thick.
The top has a slight to moderate warp...I guess I'd call it a whip or twist...sort of a diagonal twist..you notice it if you stand/sit at one end. I have no idea if the table always had this twist. But, it was stored in my parents' unheated garage for about 1 year, with some fairly heavy stuff on top. Since then, the table has been in my dining room, sitting unused for about 1 year, and the twist remains the same.
I should also add that the ends slide out to accept leaves (don't have the leaves), but there are what I would call "runners" forming a mild "structure" under the table top, that I would have thought would have at least somewhat helped fight warping.
I'm in the process of stripping off the shellac. Will sand...do a pre-stain conditioner, stain, and poly, etc...
I have read that it is possible that having a heavy finish on top, and not having one on the bottom can cause something like this, due to uneven moisture uptake? The table did indeed have a fairly thick shellac on top...and the underside is stained, but no shellac.
I was just hoping/wondering if anyone had any advice. I can try to get some pictures posted. Worst case, I can deal with the twist and just call it character.
Last edited by PopsPine; 04-24-2015 at 08:02 PM.
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