|Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired)||posted 01-17-2011 04:11 AM||972 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-17-2011 04:11 AM
I have a 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” piece of birdseye maple that I’d like to use for a box cover. The problem is that it is warped (or twisted, I don’t really know what the difference is in the two malformations). If I place a straightedge across the grain, there is a slight gap at one edge (< 1/32”) and if I place it lengthwise, with the grain, there is no apparent gap. However, if I place the straightedge across the board diagonally, I get a large gap (> 1/16”) at one end.
Given that I do not have a jointer, a thickness planer, nor a decent handplane other than a block plane, how should I go about correcting this. My first thought was trying to correct the problem with a router and a mortising bit, security the problem board with dbl-stick tape. Another thought is to tape a piece of 80 grit sandpaper to a flat surface and sand the faces on this. But, if I do this, should I shim the low area with a piece of wood glued to the surface?
I hate to throw this piece out as I’m sure there is a way to correct the problem. I’m just not sure what the best method would be.
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