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06-19-2015 09:00 PM

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Thanks tropical storm Bill!!! When I started this project 2 weeks ago, wood tested 8% in multiple points, with an occasional flicker of 10. Jointed, planed, glued up the panels, drum sander to finish off before cutting dovetails. Panels have set for two weeks in my shop. I have let the air conditioner run, more to keep humidity down than keeping cool. It’s been a rainy, rather high humidity week. Returned to the shop today and found a very obvious bow in the front panel. Wood is now testing 12%. UGH!!!!!

Do you think if I crank a dehumidifier in the shop that as the moisture content returns to 8% the board will return to flat? Or am I stuck with what I got and need to make a new panel? Should I be concerned when the finished project is sitting in my nephew’s home?

Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 09:16 PM

Did you have those pieces laying flat like they are in the picture? If so that could be the problem. You need to store project parts in a way that you get air to all sides of the wood. If not you risk one side absorbing more moister than the other and it will warp every time.

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 09:16 PM

Rick, I think the panel bowed because it is laying flat on another panel. Moisture was able to get into the top and expand those fibers but not into the bottom fibers, hence the bow. I would try standing the panel on edge and lightly moistening the concave side to see if it will flatten out. For future reference, when storing panels put stickers between them so they get air circulation on both sides. Let us know how you make out & good luck.

-- Art

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 09:23 PM

I think you will be fine. A little clamping pressure will close those dovetails. Just clamp a caul to the board to flatten it out as you assemble the project.

Agree with Art, stickers help. But sometimes boards will be boards.

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 09:29 PM

I think they will be fine Wide panels always move cupping ain’t so bad.I clamp them to a thicker boards edge that jointed straight for marking out the pins,If your pin board is already marked you still can use the marks.The moisture content is still okay. Now if your boards develop a twist that’s bad bad bad.Good luck

-- Aj

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 09:40 PM

Yes, I admit to storing them flat. Didn’t think I would be away from the wood shop this long. Thanks for the advice. They are stickered now with concave side up.
Wife told me to “pray over them” so I have done that too.
Thanks for the advice and suggestions.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#6 posted 08-23-2015 06:33 PM

I apologize for the delay in posting an update. There was enough improvement in the bow that I decided to go ahead and assemble it. Assembly was a challenge but nothing an extra set of hands and some patience couldn’t overcome. Prayers answered!
Thanks LJs for your suggestions and encouragement.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#7 posted 08-23-2015 07:13 PM

Cant see any issues in the picture of the final outcome. Looks good !

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#8 posted 08-23-2015 09:29 PM

Thanks for posting this topic – great information. Glad to see everything worked out for you.

Bill in MI

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