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Forum topic by willhime posted 08-29-2016 04:16 AM 338 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2016 04:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question trick walnut

I’m making my 2nd end grain cutting board and was wondering, since my walnut pieces are around 1×1”, if they’re bowed along the edge grain, if I do a successful glue up with cauls and force some of them straight will this give me headaches down the road? I normally wouldn’t try this, but given the dimensions, and that I can bend some of them straight by stepping on them with one foot. Kind of a ‘make the best with what scraps I have’ situation.

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 05:10 AM

Yes it will put stress back into the wood.And most likely cup.
Or crack.
Or maybe you’ll get lucky this time.
My rule is not to force things together with clamps,bricks,cars or large animals.
And I’m not just talking about cutting boards.

Good luck


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#2 posted 08-29-2016 01:59 PM

1”x1” squares? how thick? I think they will be fine..

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#3 posted 09-15-2016 09:38 PM

If you’re correcting a deflection of more than 1/8”, I would recommend against this approach due to the added stress.

Maybe mill the warp out of the board and adjust the end size of the board?

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#4 posted 09-15-2016 09:57 PM

There’s bows and then there’s bows…...^^^^

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#5 posted 09-16-2016 01:25 AM

Don’t know about walnut, but once I had some scrap 1 by 1s of oak. They were 2 foot long and I wanted a 2 by 2 butcher block type piece to put on my work table. They were bent pretty good, I clamped them together, glued them with tight bond and beat the hell out of it for several years no problems.
of course Like aj2 said, I could have just been lucky?

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