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Forum topic by doninvegas posted 09-11-2010 07:01 PM 1280 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2010 07:01 PM

I have a really nice piece of broad leaf Maple that I was going to use for my jewelry boxes. I milled it down some and it’s been sitting in my shop for a little over a week to acclimate. I went out in the shop today and it has twisted. It’s too wide for my jointer and I know if I run a twisted board through the planner I’ll end up with a thinner twisted board. I have it clamped down to my bench right now but I’m not that hopeful that that will work. Can I correct the twist with my drum sander? Is there another method I could try?
Thanks all.

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#1 posted 09-11-2010 07:33 PM

First, wait a while to make sure that it is done twisting and is stable.

Then, glue some strips of straight wood along each side. After the glue bond is secure, run it through the planer until you have one flat side. Then flip it and run it through the planer until you have 2 flat sides, Remove strips at the table saw.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 09-11-2010 07:35 PM

Hand Planes !

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#3 posted 09-11-2010 08:00 PM

At first I thought you were talking about the rock-n-roll song by Chubby Checker…..... I was getting

I would probably try what Rich suggested and see what happens…if no change, here’s what I’ve did before.

I would wet it down, or even soak it in water, lay it flat on your workbench, and put very heavy weights the length and width of the board…leave it for a couple of days till it drys good, and check it… it might do the trick

Just be sure the weights are heavy enough, maybe like cinder blocks or something…

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 08:54 PM

Dido on the water. Mist it heavy on one side, flip it over and do the same and clamp it down . It probably lost the moisture in your shop and it may go back to being twisted. If you are going to use it for boxes (small ones) you can cut it up to about the sizes you need and then run it on your sander.

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 01:32 AM

When I said I had it clamped to my bench I did mist it with water. I’ll leave it there for a few days and see what happens. If that doesn’t work would the drum sander flaten out?

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#6 posted 09-12-2010 01:48 AM

A drum sander will make it a thinner twisted board, same as the the power planer. Just at a slower rate.

How much extra thickness do you have to spare? If you aren’t comforatble with using handplanes to flaten a board (at least one side to run through the planer/drum sander), you could rip (carefully, possibly on the bandsaw), then joint, flatten and reglue before the planer/drum sander.

But to be honest, I’ve found it is pretty easy to use a trio of handplanes to flatten a board. Fore plane, jointer plane then a smooting plane. I still prefer to thicknes using a power planer but I’ll leave it a 32nd to 64th proude and finish off by hand. Haven’t bought much sandpaper for quite a while now! :)

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#7 posted 09-12-2010 02:02 AM

Well, ther board is at 11/16” right now and I’ll probally take it down to 1/2”. I’m not much of a hand tool guy all I’ve got is a block plane I think it’s a #4 Stanely I picked up ay Lowe’s. I should get into more hand work just for this situation. I have a lot of boards that are too wide for my jointer. I got a 6” Griz and I have boards that are from 8” to 13” wide.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#8 posted 09-12-2010 02:35 AM

Hand planes are not as hard as people think. Use the right ones for the job. Make sure they are sharp or you will be disappointed rather quickly. You do not need a new one for work like this. Go to a yard sale or flea market. I guarantee after you plane your first board you will be hooked !

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#9 posted 09-12-2010 03:42 AM

a block plane is not the proper tool for the job. you need a jack or a scrub plane to get the board flat on one face, then you can run it through your thickness planer. and really, unless you are willing to use kludgey work arounds, or can buy all of you stock to fit on your jointer (or have a properly insanely large jointer), you need to learn how to use a plane. (and it’s not that hard.) saying you’re “not much of a hand tool guy” just indicates that you are a beginner who has some learnin’ to do.

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#10 posted 09-12-2010 06:24 PM

You are going to use it for jewelry boxes, Right! Cut it to the sizes you need + a little the deal with any twists. faster and less wood lost.

-- Richard

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#11 posted 10-03-2010 04:10 PM

I would cut the wood down on a bandsaw and reglue it. This is the best way to get rid of the twist.

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