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Forum topic by becikeja posted 12-28-2014 01:59 PM 1019 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2014 01:59 PM

I am a weekend warrior and could use some advice. I got, what I thought was a deal to good to pass up. 250 bd ft of Genuine Mahogany for $250 loaded into the back of my truck. When I began to unload it, I found random widths (4-15 inches) and random lengths (4-10 feet) all about 6/4 thick.

The issue is that all the boards are twisted, warped, bent….................. I attempted to plane out a couple of the boards, and was left with stock around 1/2” to 3/4” thick after hours of labor. Unfortunately I do not have a power planer, just a jointer a hand plane, and a drum sander.

Any suggestions, what I can do with this wood? Project ideas? Ideas to get usable boards out of it???

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#1 posted 12-28-2014 02:35 PM

Wet them down real good, wrap them in plastic for a few weeks (maybe a month). take them out, stack and sticker and place cement blocks or any heavy item on top or use straps to hold it together. let is slowly dry. You can also sticker and strap them the best you can. Then put the plastic on top and introduce steam using a humidifier, tightening the straps every few days.


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#2 posted 12-28-2014 03:53 PM

Well, I’d say one of two things happened. First, could be that the sawyer did not know what they were doing, and cut the logs wrong. Second, they did not dry it properly, and F’d it up.

Not seeing an example it’s hard to really tell. I’ve had a few boards in my day. I’d say cut them to near length needed then start milling. It’s easier to deal with smaller pieces. While over a 10’ lenght it’s real bad, on a short 18”-24” piece for example the twist/wayne may not be so pronounced.

Now, the bad news. I’d not use it for anything that might move i.e rail/stile stock. It won’t end well. I’d do what it takes and get it down and strait, then sticker it and watch for a good while like a few weeks. If it don’t move again, then ok use it. If not, I’d write it off to life’s experience.

I know it hurts, but you will feel a lot worse if you make a nice piece for yourself or someone else, and it goes bonkers on you after you make it.

Feel your pain man! Good luck.

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#3 posted 12-28-2014 03:59 PM

becikeja, if you can use the thinner stock (1/2” ~ 3/4”), you can rip them to the narrower of : the width of your jointer or to twice the height of your table saw blade .. and the shortest length that is usable, as bonesbr says. Use your jointer to get one flat side, then resaw them on your table saw.

..Or, maybe you could you make a sled and sticks to wedge the warped boards firmly, and flatten out the wider boards on your drum sander.

I’ve never had good luck straightening out warped boards, unless it’s just a temporary warp. mrjinx, have you had success with that method ? It seems just elaborate enough that it may help.

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#4 posted 12-28-2014 06:13 PM

If none of the straightening/flattening methods work you could always design a Dr. Seuss style bookcase. (I have seen at least one on this site. – I think it was a built in piece, bolted to the wall of a child’s room.) Wasting so much Mahogany seems a shame but maybe you could salvage some of the investment by cutting the boards into small pieces for to use as accent panels in larger projects (lid and drawer fronts for a jewelry box).

Good luck and keep us informed.

And best wishes for a happy healthy prosperous New Year.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 12-28-2014 07:13 PM

If the boards are really bad, use it for projects requiring narrow or short boards. That minimizes the amount of flattening that has to happen.

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#6 posted 12-28-2014 07:29 PM

Short is the keyword. Cut the boards down to 3-4’ lengths before you joint them. Find a friend that will let you use their planer. Or perhaps now is the time to invest in a benchtop planer. I might recommend hiring a shop to plane the lumber for you, however that one job would probably cost more than buying a planer.
I had some 5/4 cherry that was so warped, I could only get 2-3’ lengths of 3/4” lumber from it. Even if some of it planes down to 1/2” thick, you can use that for panel glueups.
You can always buy some longer stock to complete your project.

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#7 posted 12-28-2014 08:03 PM

Aw, geez, just build a spiral staircase!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 12-28-2014 10:39 PM

bonesbr549: can you help me understand your comment: Now, the bad news. I’d not use it for anything that might move i.e rail/stile stock. It won’t end well._

If I plane the boards down to small straight pieces, are you saying they may still warp in the future? I was hoping that by using smaller flattened pieces I would be ok?

Here is a picture that is typical, some much worse, some a little better, but you can see the warp I am trying to deal with.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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