Warping and twisting of wood plank

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02-26-2010 10:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plank warping and twisting 2 x 10 novice

Hello all! Have been signed up for a short time, a novice really, to woodworking and this web site! With soooo many great tips and information, I hope that I am posting in the correct heading. My project (going on waaaaay too long) is a 10’ long 2” X 10”, pine I would guess! With cutouts and shaping (large and small) on all sides, I have found that over time, some warping and twisting occurred. It is important that the plank be true. I can only store this in the garage (on 2” side & supported evenly), and yes, exposed to seasonal changes. As progress is snail-like to say the least (and seasonally so) and goes along, is there a way to stop the warping and twisting or could it have been prevented in the first place? If I have to start over with a new piece, I will. Thank you in advance! Your hardheaded novice…SAWMAN!

-- Sawman

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 10:38 PM

Isuffer the same thing with seasons i cant work in my shop in the winter due to no heater so i tend to do my projects summer time and what timber i store through the winter is layed flat with lots of heavy things acrossed it but it happens still so apart from getting heat all year round i dont know the answer sorry

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 12:48 AM

If wood is going to warp, it’s going to warp. If you prevent it from warping, once you remove the preventive measures it will warp.

I never count on anything remaining in the “proper” environment [just to hope that it won’t warp.]

About the only way to get around this is to get something bigger, wait for it to do its thing, then mill it flat (that’s why they want you to acclimate things like flooring and such before install….so you don’t install stuff that will still warp once it gets into your house.)

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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