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#1 posted 05-26-2012 11:56 AM

Sometimes there are stresses in the tree because of the orientation of the wood cells. There is not much you can do about it except turn the log on the sawmill 180 degrees after every board or two. It sound like that you have relieved the stress. I would keep in tight in the clamps until just before the moment that you need to attach it to the cabinet. Once it gets attached to the cabinet, it will likely be OK. Don’t take it out of the clamps and let it sit for weeks.

When I started woodworking, I always wanted to make the top first in a project because it was the prettiest part of the whole deal. You pick out the best wood and do that first. Well, I found that that is backwards. Now, I make the top last and attach it quickly after it comes out of the clamps and is sanded.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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