Lessons Learned #1: Star Trek and Pine warping

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Blog entry by Rha7 posted 03-29-2012 03:57 PM 1439 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yeah pine warping, not time warping, but since I’m a fan, I think my pine wood got confused and decided to start warping, this project became a mess, I had to set up a second rail in the bottom to force it straight, it doesn’t look all that bad once in it’s place, but I should have read before that “buy the wood the day you’ll use it” or something like that… I? still have lots and lots to learn, my wife? she stills pretends not to notice.

-- Gabriel Medina, Juárez, México, formerly, "The greatest border of all".

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 05:11 PM

That’s a very nice cabinet

But, you are standing knee deep in what we call “experience” my friend.

Your best approach to the “Fix” is likely, build new doors or one door if that’s all that is warped, if you think you can match the finish of the other door.
You already have the glass and all the hardware, so this should be relatively easy on your wallet.

You really can’t unwarp that wood, so take this as a lesson in patience and let the new lumber acclimate or cure for a few days, to the relative humidity in your house and then cut your new door(s).

We all have learned lessons from time to time, but always remember, it’s not how bad we err, it’s how well we can recover. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 05:31 PM

heh you’re right, it’s a bit twisted on the left one and a bit crooked on the other, haha the crook is only noticed if you stand straight in front of it, you see a bending on the hinged side, it’s mounted on folding doors’ rail, but I needed a second one on the bottom to keep it from bending outside about 1”, it’s ok now with the second rail, but I think I have to encounter this type of problems in my path, since as you say it’s learning and experience hehe, I don’t think I’ll build new ones, we can live with this ones, but I’ll be much more careful next time, hehe I think this was bound to happen to me some time, hehe so, better now than building my new kitchen hehe, thanks for your comment :)

A question, though, I’ve read some articles that say that you should buy the wood the day you’ll use it, and others that say that you must let it sit for a while before using it… I can think of reasons for both arguments, but which one is best? I must say that I live in a very very dry place….

-- Gabriel Medina, Juárez, México, formerly, "The greatest border of all".

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 09:08 PM

Looks like you’re right. I’d say your inertial dampeners weren’t activated when you engaged the drive.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 01:51 PM

Let the wood adjust to the environment first. I’ve never heard someone say to buy the wood the same day you use it… I wonder what their reasoning is?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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