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Posted on First Project snafu.. please advise

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 03:38 PM


I wonder where the bow is coming from? It seems that the panels are a series of shorter Ash boards, edge glued to make a panel. I don’t see why those would bow. So that might indicate that the frame is the issue. So, as GregD asked, can you separate the panel from the frame? If they are just screwed to the frame and not glued, this should be doable.

What I hope you’ll find is that the panels are far less bowed than the frame – because the frame is what was pulling them into a bow. You might still have to flatten the panels by laying them flat and piling lots of weight on them for a couple weeks (IN the house), but you may find that they are still quite usable.

Which would mean you just have to replace the frame. Since its painted, MDF or birch plywood might be a good choice.

For the future (as several have pointed out), three things to watch out for are:

1. Garage is not house. Acclimate lumber to the target environment.

2. Man-made materials are more stable. For painted pieces, use man-made where practical.

3. I, too, find that Ash is unstable, especially long pieces. The greater the length, the more stable material I want to use.

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