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Splinters

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06-04-2008 08:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood warping humidity

I just did a custom pizza peel here in Northwest Montana and before I shipped it everything looked great..nice and level. I shipped it to a client in Illinois and he received it today with the board being curved going the wrong direction. Is it possible that the difference in humidity in the midwest caused this to happen? I did alternate the wood grains when i glued it up. Once it acclimates to the new climate do you think it will level out? In my younger years I experienced the wonderful humidity of the midwest and suspect this is the culprit, however I am not sure how to fix it.
Thanks in advance for all the input I know I will receive..

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - http://www.splinterswoodworks.com/ - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5220040


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Al Navas

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#1 posted 06-04-2008 09:33 PM

Hmmmm….

Some thoughts:

1. If most of the change took place in-transit, I wonder if your could tightly wrap a thick piece of plastic on the business end of the peel, with instructions to remove before use. ;-)
2. I would probably use some think foam, to allow really tight wrapping with heavy tape on the handle/shaft.
3. I look forward to reading what others have to offer.

Please let us know what might work best.

An idea: Instead of using kiln-dried lumber, would air-dried tend to be better for this? Just thinking out of the box…

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com

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#2 posted 06-05-2008 12:32 AM

It may settle back down after a while.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Daren Nelson

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#3 posted 06-05-2008 01:25 AM

I will have to agree with Gary. And you are right about humidity here Splinters…it has been terrible, storming every day. If it was kiln dried flat and acclimated to your area it should acclimate to its new home and lay flat again. I can give a reverse example from my own experience. A customer from the west coast bought a 24” wide X 72” long curly maple slab from me sawn 4/4. It was of course perfectly flat when it left here…he called when he received it and said it had a pretty bad cup in the board, what should he do? I said nothing, let it set in your shop and call me back in a couple days (get this part) He said his neighbor told him to soak it with the garden hose and pull the car onto it and park a tire in the middle of it till it dried (this is a $200 piece of wood we are talking about) I told him for heavens sake don’t do that, let it set. He called me 3-4 days later…it was perfectly flat again.

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Betsy

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#4 posted 06-05-2008 02:24 AM

I give what is a “custom pizza peel?”

Is this some secret woodworking code that I missed along the way?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Splinters

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#5 posted 06-05-2008 04:02 AM

Tks for all the feedback…. The guy has it in his kitchen and will let it set for a day or so to see if it will acclimate to the midwest humidity. I will let you know what the outcome is…..hopefully it will flatten back out cause I have 5 more to make for him…

Betsy ..no secret code here…....Custom Pizza Peel is a item I custom make and sell.

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - http://www.splinterswoodworks.com/ - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5220040

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#6 posted 06-05-2008 04:09 AM

That’s very interesting. Everything has to have a name and everything has to have someone to make it. I enjoy my pizza and glad that there are people like you making things like this so I can enjoy my meals!!!!

Thanks for the education!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Splinters

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#7 posted 06-05-2008 09:48 PM

The following is the response I got from my client this morning.
“what I did was took the board and put the sides of the board on the edges of two books, so the middle had nothing under it, then put weight on the center to bend it down. I took off the weights this morning, and it is perfectly flat now.”
so it appears that our guesses were correct…the change in humidity…..guess we will see if it stays that way.

pizza peel

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - http://www.splinterswoodworks.com/ - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5220040

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#8 posted 06-06-2008 01:52 AM

Good deal, I figured it would work out ;)

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