|Forum topic by TheWeiss||posted 08-25-2015 06:46 PM||1177 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
08-25-2015 06:46 PM
Something went weird with the original post. Let me try this again…
I have built some doors for a small (4ft tall) bookcase. They will have frames, faux muntins and a single piece of glass in each door, when complete. The wood used to make the door frames (frame around the glass in the doors not the frame into which the door will go) is white oak that I re-sawed from thicker stock down to around half an inch thick and 2.5 inches wide.
I thought that I had waited long enough between my re-sawing and the assembly of the doors to minimize wood distortion but apparently not. The door frames are bowing significantly but this bow didn’t show up until after I have completed the door frame (glue and biscuit joints). Now I have 4 foot tall 14 inch wide frames with serious bows in both doors. I like the grain pattern in the wood and I don’t want to disassemble the door work that I’ve done so far sooooo…... do you have any ideas for how I might straighten these door frames out while keeping them intact? I definitely don’t want to build a giant steam box because that will involve more work than making new doors, so proper steam bending seems unrealistic.
This problem happened about two weeks ago. In the interim I clamped the frames to some straight sturdy wood and put the whole thing in my bathroom. The goal was to get it near some humidity while I came up with a real solution. I know that the stream generated is highly unlikely to have a real effect but I thought I would include it in this write up for comments.
I have also tossed around the idea of using boiling water or perhaps an iron to see if they might be able to help things along but haven’t experimented with either yet.
Any comments or advice are welcome. Thanks!