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Forum topic by Cornductor posted 02-18-2011 05:07 AM 901 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2011 05:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question cherry maple finishing

Tonight I finished staining a chess board and began to lay down a layer of danish oil to seal it. Well about an hr into the routine I noticed a little warping. Before this I never really saw any type of warping, now I’m concerned. I’m guessing that I took it from a 70 house to a work shop that’s about 50 and began to seal it.

I did some research on this and read that if you apply pressure on the board over night it should flatten back out reasonably. What do you guys think?

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 05:45 AM

Is it a glue joint failing? If stain or oil got in there, it may not re-adhere.

Best case is that you just need to back up and resand.



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#2 posted 02-18-2011 06:30 AM

One of the things I found when glueing up cutting boards was that I needed to rough flatten the boards after glueing and then let them set for a couple of weeks because all the moisture from the glue moved the boards. After a couple of weeks I sand flat but still leave the final sanding for two more days after that. That seems to keep everything where it should be.

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 10:07 PM

Lee- and Kindlingmaker- The joints aren’t failing as far as I can tell. I took the advise of applying pressure over night and that seemed to solve the problem. I’m questioning over the idea of going from two rapid temp changes that might have done the warp. It is raining here in California and my shop is not the most ideal temp controlled environment.

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 10:13 PM

I may be wrong, but I don’t think the change in temperature could be the problem. BUT, the change in humidity could have caused it. The air in your house is probably a lot drier than outside or in your shop. Just saying….. sounds like you have it worked out now. I hope it holds for you.
- JJ

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