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Forum topic by jrussell posted 12-22-2009 05:29 AM 1142 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2009 05:29 AM

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I am constructing a walnut bookcase. I joined boards to a total length of 70” long and 22” wide about a year ago. Well needless to say they bowed widthwise even though I stored them flat and stickered. I am not sure how to get them flat again. I have read that I could steam them, wet them, and clamp them. If the water clamp method is used which side should the water be applied to? Can anyone provide any info how to flatten them or point me in the direction of material that I could read? Thank you all and Merry Christmas!

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 05:40 AM

Here is one idea.

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 05:58 AM

the lawn idea seems that it would only work if it were laid on the 50 yard line at a perfectly flat football field

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 07:04 AM

Did they all cup teh same way? Up or down?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 04:03 PM

I’ve flattened plywood with a similar technique, but with hardwood panels I just re-rip and try again.
Once I had my TS blade at <90>t realize it until I took a table top out of the clamps.

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 09:36 PM

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