Hello Gary ! I just recently completed ” The Federal Card Table ” built it Steve Latta in the December 2005 issue of “FINE WOODWORKING Magazine. This is the first time I have ever taken on a project like this. It took me a long time to complete, at time’s I would stop, put the project away as my patience was wearing thin, and I didn’t want to screw it up.
Well I finally finished it and after bring it into the house I was very disappointed to see it cup on the top leaf, the cup is so high that I can put my fingers in between the upper and lower leaf’s.
Now I just recently listed my problem on Fine Woodworking “KNOTS” and I received a few suggestions, one suggestion was to take the top leaf off, and find a heat source, like your fire-place where there is radiant heat that can warm the convex side only. If you warm the large side more than the cupped side, it will give up moisture faster on that side, and pull back the other way.
What are your thoughts on this. Also if you think this will work, I do not have a fire-place but I do have a wood burning stove in the shop. After I get it straightened out I will have to transport it to my apartment, 15 min. away do you think this will be a problem.