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Forum topic by Pabs posted 01-09-2009 07:46 PM 877 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2009 07:46 PM

hey all

a few nights ago I milled all my parts for the 4 doors I’m making.

so I have 8 long pieces (stiles) and 8 short pieces for the rails.

making 4 doors. 32” high by 13.5”

I milled the cherry to 3/4 inch.
started off on the jointer to get 2 straight edges, then ran it through the planner…after I had it at 3/4 I then ran the last side on the table saw to make them all 2” wide.

all dandy.. I stacked them in the corner of my bench and called a night

yesterday I went in to cut all the pieces to the actual length and get started on the mortisses and tenon

when I picked up 2 of the longer pieces (the 32” ones) they both had a fairly pronounced bend to them …

the bend is on the length of the stile… in other words if I lay it flat on the bench the ends touch down but the middle of the stile is raised up…a fair amount…didn’t measure but I would say at least 1/8

what are my options here? I can’t really run it back on the jointer… the stock will become too thin… can I “force” it down.
clamping on one end and putting a heavy weight on the other end overnight to bend it back…or will that just spring right back again?

if I wet the wood first maybe,,,

or am I better off just milling another set of stiles to replace those 2 pieces?

if there’s a way to save these I wouldn’t mind trying

-- Pabs

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#1 posted 01-09-2009 07:53 PM

For doors I’d say to replace them. You can cut those down for shorter pieces in the future so you don’t waist them.

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#2 posted 01-09-2009 07:57 PM

how much material was taken off in the first place? (jointer and planer) if it was a considerate amount- that would introduce a lot of the interior wood to new air, the wood bonds that held it in shape are gone, and the wood will be susceptible to the new forces that are working on it (or really – to compensate for the forces that USED To work on it) and it’ll bend out of shape.

you could try wetting it and clamping it between 2 straight surfaces and let it dry, that might reduce the curvature. Also – when you put in the (raised) panels inside – consider using slightly thicker material (at least 1/2”) which really is what keeps the rails/styles flat.

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