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Forum topic by RandyTsuch posted 01-19-2014 07:46 PM 822 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RandyTsuch

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01-19-2014 07:46 PM

I have a couple boards of curly, spralted maple.

They are kind of warped, maybe 1/8 off.

I don’t have a planer or jointer, and haven’t learned to hand plane.

So, I was thinking of going to a local lumber place, and have them plane and joint it, make them s4s again.

I bought it as s4s, but it was slightly warped when I bought it, and after a couple months in my garage it may be a little worse now, not sure about that.

Making a box which is maybe 12” x 16”. Box will have mitered corners with dovetail keys.
I just made a similar box, wood was also warped but not as bad. Corners weren’t perfect, but I managed to make them OK.

So I was wondering if it would be worth it to plane and joint the boards?

A local place would charge $15 min since I didn’t buy the wood there, they are $10 min if you do buy the wood there.

Figured they might not be perfect, but they should be better after doing this.

I can live with loosing the thickness to square the pieces.

Randy

-- Randy, Los Angeles/Brentwood, Ca


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Nomad62

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#1 posted 01-20-2014 06:02 PM

My humble opinion is that a person should strive for perfection, even if one knows (like I absolutely do!) that it won’t happen. That being said, since the wood has had time to acclimate to your environment, yes, take it and get it flat again so you will have perfect wood to work with from the word “go”. We all put up with errors, might as well minimize them.

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 06:33 PM

Thanks for the input.
So I did go this morning, on the way to work.

Went to House of Hardwood, in LA.

They examined the wood, said is was cupped and bowed.

They said planing wouldn’t help, so they face jointed one side, then sanded the other side flat.

I didn’t measure them after, but I think I lost about 1/4” thickness. They still aren’t perfect, but much better than they were before, so I’m sure they will work better now.

I’m $20 poorer for the experience.

Randy

-- Randy, Los Angeles/Brentwood, Ca

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juniorjock

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 06:47 PM

I think you got off pretty cheap, if it works out. You may want to hold off a while before using the wood. It’s likely that it may cup and bow again. Sometimes when you’re cutting wood like that, sawing it will release some hidden energy and you end up with something that looks like an “S”. Good luck.

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#4 posted 01-20-2014 06:51 PM

Find someone close to you with a jointer and planer. There has to be a jock within a few miles of you that would be happy to help you out.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 01-20-2014 10:37 PM

Yeah, I think it was $20 and 30 minutes well spent. Trying to make a box with warped wood would take much longer, and not come out as nice in the end.

I just finished a similar box, I need a pair for this project, and the wood I used for that box was also warped, but not as much. My mitered corners still didn’t align correctly, and I had some gaps to fill. That box also is not perfectly square because of the warp, and trying to compensate for it.

I would love to find someone close by with a planer and jointer, not sure how to find them?

Randy

-- Randy, Los Angeles/Brentwood, Ca

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jumbojack

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#6 posted 01-21-2014 03:21 AM

Randy there is a search feature here on LJs. I typed in Los Angeles and came up with over 10 pages of links. Many of them were WWs in the area; check it out.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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jtm

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#7 posted 01-21-2014 05:38 AM

If you have a router, you can easily make a router sled to mill stock flat.

For the record, you can get an entry level Craftsman router for $60, and a straight bit for $10.

I used this method before I owned a planer and jointer. Time consuming, but very effective.

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RandyTsuch

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#8 posted 01-21-2014 05:42 AM

Didn’t think about searching for Los Angeles, duh.

I have a Bosch laminate router which has worked fine for small projects. Hadn’t thought of planing with a router, something else to look into, thanks

Randy

-- Randy, Los Angeles/Brentwood, Ca

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#9 posted 01-21-2014 03:30 PM

your laminate router probably wont do.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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