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Forum topic by Seanroze posted 02-24-2017 04:07 AM 533 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Seanroze

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02-24-2017 04:07 AM

Hello to everyone. I am new to wood working and have completed one simple built in with floating live edge maple bench so far. It turned out nice I think, and I really enjoyed the time I spent doing it so I guess I’m hooked.
Now, as to my dilemma. I very recently acquired, very inexpensivly, some very beautiful figured maple slabs that I wish to turn into a table and benches.

The pictures don’t do it justice, it is rough sawn and still shines it is very figured and burl’y. The problem arises because, it was felled a couple years ago but milled a year and a half ago and stored in a garage in the Oregon high desert (by the person I got it from) it was a 13’ slab and cut in half the ripped down the middle for the benches. The benches are in great shape but the big slab is cupped very much. I am wondering what kind of fix there might be for it at this point. I’m down for anything, even hand planning the whole thing if I have to. But if I could find a less labor intensive method I would like to. The cracks and checks do not bother me, I actually have big plans for them, so if what needs to be done causes more I wouldn’t hate it.
The big slab is currently 6’ 6” x 36”x 3”
Anyway. Thanks for your time.
I’ll be looking for design ideas soon as well.

-- I hear only half, what had I heard the whole, would understand but half.


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Aj2

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#1 posted 02-24-2017 05:22 AM

There’s no fixing wood that’s cupped.
But you can build a router sled contraption to flatten it.
The rest is up to you.

Aj

-- Aj

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Lazyman

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#2 posted 02-24-2017 05:27 AM

Check out router planing jigs. It’s going to to take awhile with anything that big no mater what approach you take.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 02-24-2017 05:39 AM

Sean, if you decide to give up on these. Get in touch with me. Prineville is not to much of a drive. I’d be happy to take them off your hands.

Best of luck with your endeavors. Those are going to be something awesome.

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Seanroze

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#4 posted 02-24-2017 06:24 AM

Burlybob. “Those are going to be something awesome”
I know


Just add water…the entire slab looks like this.

-- I hear only half, what had I heard the whole, would understand but half.

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CustomBuild

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#5 posted 02-24-2017 07:42 AM

Use a router sled. Make sure you get a large diameter planing bit for the router.
It will not take very long if you have a bit that is between 1 1/2 inches to 2 inch

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Seanroze

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#6 posted 02-27-2017 03:35 AM

Thank you for the replies so far. I thought of a router sled, but do need to know if there is a maximum amount of twist I could or should work with. Aside from the crown/cup issue, the slab has severe twist to it. When I get 3 corners to touch my bench, the fourth is a full 2” above. The slab is 3” thick. My question is. Is it possible I could not have enough material to work with?
Thanks.

-- I hear only half, what had I heard the whole, would understand but half.

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Seanroze

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#7 posted 06-03-2017 11:01 PM

Well, I went ahead and gave it a shot. I started with the first bench to my table set. I’ll star on the other bench in a week or two. This one didn’t take too long to straighten out. The other bench has about the same twist but the main slab is really warped.
Here are a couple pics.

-- I hear only half, what had I heard the whole, would understand but half.

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