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    Oak desk

    I made this desk for a client about 8 months ago. Click image for larger version

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ID:	21703 She contacted me today and said the top was falling apart. When I got to her house, I found the top had serious warp from front to back (cross grain). I asked about heat in the room where the desk is located. She told me that the only thing on the desk was her laptop and its not very heavy. When asked she said the laptop was always on. Would the heat from the bottom of the laptop be enough to warp the top? I am going to replace and repair what needs done at no cost to her because she is a very good customer. I also told her she needs some kind of heat shield between computer and top. Never had a problem with warpage after build is complete.
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    Re: Oak desk

    Some laptops can get seriously hot. A few have caught fire in the past (battery failure).
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    Re: Oak desk

    What a shame that happened! It's a beautiful desk. What a surprise it would happen in oak, particularly when the top isn't a solid board. Maybe in future she can turn the laptop off or put it on a stand.
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    Re: Oak desk

    What finish did you use?
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    Re: Oak desk

    How was the top secured to the base? Was there slotted hole to allow the top to expand and contract?
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    Re: Oak desk

    Quote Originally Posted by Stretch View Post
    What finish did you use?
    Golden oak stain with poly finish
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    Re: Oak desk

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    How was the top secured to the base? Was there slotted hole to allow the top to expand and contract?
    Have 1" strips under the top so that it sets down over the legs. Plenty of free float.
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    Re: Oak desk

    Quote Originally Posted by bch47 View Post
    Golden oak stain with poly finish
    Did you poly the bottom?
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    Re: Oak desk

    Quote Originally Posted by Stretch View Post
    Did you poly the bottom?
    Yes I did.
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    If you still have the the old top, take a moisture reading in various spots. It has to be a result of continued drying rather it be from laptop heat or too much moisture to start with.
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