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David Craig

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 10:47 PM

Surfacing and cutting will often change the stresses of the wood which will result in more wood movement. Others will probably have good suggestions for dealing with the current problem. When you are planing the board, are you planing both sides? Sometimes, when you joint one side but only plane the other, the wood stresses will be unbalanced. I usually plane to thickness by running the board through on both sides to even things out a bit. Stacking the boards will also result in uneven airflow to the wood where the moisture content will be higher on one side of the board than the other. You might want to flip the boards and restack. I tend to lay my boards on the side, when possible, or use spacers when stacking. One other suggestion I would have is to resist the temptation to mill to finished sizes until you are about ready to work on that particular part of the project. Wood will change, sometimes considerably, before you can get to that project piece.


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