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Forum topic by DansBar posted 08-05-2009 02:33 AM 5549 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2009 02:33 AM

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I’m off to a bad start with my project countertop. I started out by ordering 2 slabs of Kauri from Ancientwood, LTD., 1.5 inch x 26 inch x 7 foot. About a month and half in, I inquired about my order, as thry said it would ship the following week making my order a month late already. The reason for the delay, the piece they were going to ship had a two inch warp and they were trying to straighten it by redrying. About 3 weeks later, I made another call, the drying process split the wood, they gave me a description of the split to see if it was still usable, I needed the full width for a counter top so it wasn’t. He said they would have to get new pieces resawn, dried, and sanded. 3 months in, I get call from them, a tracking number. The crate contained two warped and cracked slabs that fit the description of the lumber that I wasn’t suppose to get.
After 3 months I’m almost ready to call it a loss, so my question is, what is the best way, if any, to straighten and stabilize this. The warp is about an inch and half at the center, the wood has a pretty good spring, 220 lbs will straighten it, but I doubt the cabinets can handle the stress if I simply screw it down. The counter is currently unfinished and is convex on the sanded side. My plan is to seal the top with tung oil, add some moisture to the underside and wait. If all goes well, bolt a 1/4 inch beam on the underside and seal the bottom side.


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#1 posted 08-05-2009 02:50 AM

Ancientwood Kauri
Ancientwood Kauri

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#2 posted 08-05-2009 03:08 AM

No MC specified on the receipt, according to thier website its 6%

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#3 posted 08-05-2009 03:09 AM

Hey Dan
I think I would wet(hot water works best) both sides clamp and shim so you over correct the warp. In this kind of operation you need to make sure that drying is equal on both sides. It’s won’t work if you clamp one side flat so it can’t release it’s moisture at equal rate to the opposite side. There is no guarantee with this or any process I know of for trying to remove bows in wood.

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#4 posted 08-05-2009 03:16 AM

I guess my question is why did you accept delivery, especially after you had all of these issues with delays and known issues? Did they not give you anything in writing or via email that stated they were sending you good product or what their standard max warp was before shipment?

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#5 posted 08-05-2009 03:32 AM

Several reasons, I called them about three weeks ago prior to delivery and it was agreed that they were working on new pieces. He told me straight out that I wouldn’t be happy with the original ones. I trusted him. Secondly, after three months my bar needs a counter top. Sadly, the main reason is that it was delivered right before work and it was well crated. Don’t get me wrong, the surface is beautiful and would like to make this work even though the situation can be better.

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#6 posted 08-05-2009 03:56 AM

can you score the underside like kerf cuts for a radius piece ?
the more you do , with the grain the more it will flatten ,
stop cut it as you get to the edge , so its not visible .
how deep you cut will also determine the amount of flex ,
along with how many kerfs you do .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 08-05-2009 04:08 AM

Dave, Sounds promising. Any suggestions on a starting point, how deep and how far apart?

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#8 posted 08-05-2009 04:19 AM

maybe not more than 1/2 the thickness ,
just keep halving the counter ,
until it feels good to you .
one half , one half of that and so on .
7 cuts maybe equaly spaced.
start wit 3 and see how it feels ,
do more as needed .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 08-05-2009 05:54 AM

well i had never heard of this timber before, so i had to check it out…i feel bad that you paid an awfully amount of money for this wood to get warped lumber….just saw this company you bought from has a slab of this wood that is 40 feet long …at 100,000…..i looks to be about 6 feet wide…..well i think daves suggestion is a good one….good luck…post the outcome…oh and your cabinets are really nice…good job..

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#10 posted 08-05-2009 06:10 AM

Thanks, the cabinets are made from recycled oak with a gunstock stain. The second cabinet in, slightly lowered, is actually fake and hides a small dishwasher. I’ll take some pictures once I get the counter squared away.

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#11 posted 08-06-2009 02:19 AM

Sorry about the slab. Good luck in getting it down.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#12 posted 08-15-2009 02:41 AM

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#13 posted 08-15-2009 02:45 AM

It’s not secured down yet but the kerf cuts seemed to have worked. I had to do 15 cuts. Thanks Dave and everyone else.

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#14 posted 08-15-2009 02:51 AM

Thats a great looking finish. The top grain looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#15 posted 08-15-2009 03:05 AM

glad it worked out ,
would hate to see you have to make pens out of it !
nice finish .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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