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#1 posted 08-25-2012 05:37 PM

Hi M

It looks like the grain is tighter underside and the top more open grain, if your trying to compress the lower edge which is closer grained, you can re-hydrate the incurve side so it swells, but it will still may want to move back again afterwards.

Try flexing it twice the distance than the bow so when it relaxes again it stays the opposite side of the bow slightly.

If your removing any width do so on the tightest grained edge/surface and it may even out the tensions slightly, do this first then encourage it in the direction you want it to go with clamps etc.


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