De-twisting a slab ?

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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 08-22-2013 12:27 AM 707 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2013 12:27 AM

One of my walnut slabs has a minor twist. It will be easy to remove but before I attack it I need some clarification.

Do I take the twist out on the top (visible when finished) side, or the bottom (not visible when finished) side? I have never worked with slabs before and my history with minor twisted lumber is just that history. I can’t remember which side.

I guess the next question is, does it matter?

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#1 posted 08-22-2013 01:26 AM

Could you post a picture?

One option I’ve used to take the twist out of really nicely grained wood, is to rip it down the middle of the twist on the band saw and then plane all the sides, then glue it back together. Depends on what your intentions are and how determined you are with this piece of wood.

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 01:29 AM

if its a true twist, you’ll need to take it out of both sides.

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