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Forum topic by christhetalentedone posted 02-12-2009 06:42 AM 955 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2009 06:42 AM

i ordered about 28 2×4x around 108 that are a dark oak. when i finally got the wood about half of them were deformed. the other half i just sent through the planner for a few passed and they look great. my problem becomes is with the deformed boards. because with the good boards there aren’t enough good ones to make the bench as wide as i want. so i need to find a way to take the bowed boards and shape them so they will work on the bench top. most of them are bowed on the edges and faces.

with the faces i can just surface them. the problem becomes on the edges, because im making the bench with the 4 inch side as the thickness and i want it to be as thick as possible, and if i just take off stock on the edges then it would make the bench to thin. so i need to find a way straighten up the edges… and no i cant just square them of then laminate until it wide enough. because i do not have enough 2×4’s to do that.

basically what i am saying is i need help figuring out a way i can cut or bend or something to straighten up the boards. my idea was to cut the board into 3 even peices and take the three end peices and flip them upside down and reglue it. so the bow gets where it bows up then down then up.

that was of course very exaggerated,

then just plane it, it would reduce them amount i would have to plane drastically.’
any ideas would be greatly appreciated

-- the talented one

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#1 posted 02-12-2009 06:56 AM

I’d be talking to the supplier about replacing them with straighter ones and if he isn’t willing I would certainly make as loud a noise as possible about his poor standards etc

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#2 posted 02-12-2009 07:19 AM

How about resawing them and then laminating them back together?

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#3 posted 02-12-2009 03:43 PM

I tend to agree with RTB. One suggestion I would have is to return the warped pieces and get 8/4 stock at least 6” wide. This gives you some “working room” with the lumber. This does increase the “waste” and cost but the time that you are going to save trying to salvage this situation is more than compensated for by buying the wider lumber.

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#4 posted 02-12-2009 04:13 PM

I second (or third) rtb. If this was premilled ordered lumber, I would suspect it should be flat and straight, if it’s not, then it would be considered a defected product- I’d speak to the supplier.

if this was rough lumber though, then the original plan should have calls for larger pieces than your finish table dimensions with enough room to correct deformed lumber, and overcome such issues.

cutting the board down to smaller pieces would reduce the bow on each individual small piece, but you’d still have to joint/flatten that (smaller) piece – and by that – take off some material. That is if you wish to have a flat top or a flat glueing surface.

If you have no option to replace the bowed pieces, I’d consider inspecting all the pieces you have, see the one that is in the worst condition – calculate how much material you’d need to remove in order to ‘fix’ that piece, and redesign the entire top to match that new dimension – I don’t think you’d loose THAT MUCH thickness, but hard to tell over the internet without visual confirmation. also , not sure if that option is feasible for you at the moment.

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#5 posted 02-12-2009 05:29 PM

For the bow in the face just clamp the bow out of it. I wasted a lot of time trying to get the pieces for my workbench top perfectly milled when a little brute force was all that was really needed.

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