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Blog entry by woodmaker posted 12-02-2013 05:41 PM 665 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a quandary yall; I took the cutting boards inside and now they are starting to curl. What the heck – over?
The boards have 4 coats of butcher block, I wasn’t expecting this. I’m letting them adapt to the inside some more and hoping that they un-curl, flipping them over daily (right). I might have to add weight on top of them?
This is depressing, they’re a hair over 3/4” thick so it’s totally unexpected.

-- Mike



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stefang

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#1 posted 12-02-2013 07:45 PM

It must be a lot dryer in your house than in your workshop and/or the wood had a pretty high moisture content when you used it. Sorry for you bad luck.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 07:51 PM

Maybe give quartersawn stock a try next time.

Best of luck.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Dallas

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 08:14 PM

End grain? Edge grain? Moisture content when cutting and assembling?
Most important: did you alternate grain during assembly?

Pictures would help.

Good Luck!

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

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woodmaker

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#4 posted 12-02-2013 09:09 PM

Hmm, I did not alternate the grain, it’s on the long grain All lumber was kiln dried so I’m assuming it was not too moist. I’ll check that when I get home. I work out of my garage so temperatures and humidity fluctuates a lot.

-- Mike

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woodmaker

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#5 posted 12-02-2013 09:11 PM

stefang yep, the house is a lot drier. I’m assuming myself that this is the culprit and I need to check the boards tonight to see if they have relaxed.

Any suggestions? Soak in hot water, lay on grass outside in the sun and see if it reverses. I can’t give these as Xmas presents if warped no matter how slight. I work as a Quality Control Superrvisor (Rocket factory) so I just can’t let this go.

-- Mike

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stefang

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#6 posted 12-02-2013 09:38 PM

If you soak them they will just warp again in the house. Sorry, I don’t have any ideas about how to remedy the problem.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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woodmaker

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#7 posted 12-02-2013 09:42 PM

How about I clamp them down again you know like I was using Veneer?

-- Mike

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Dallas

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#8 posted 12-02-2013 09:42 PM

Grain must be alternated, lol.

I have the very first board (long grain), I ever made.

I am saving it for a project that requires a lid with an arched top, like a pirates chest, but not so extreme.

Try to fix by ‘spritzing’ with water on the outside curve.

lay on a hard surface with outside curve up and a good heavy weight on it.

Make sure it is in the sun.

Don’t soak the boards, you’ll be asking for trouble. Re spritz as needed.

Good Luck!

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

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jimmy meeker

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 07:02 PM

sounds like the change from. outside to inside and it looks like the boards were layed out. instead at a 90 thats part of the problem i think but i could be wrong. were always learning

-- jrm123

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woodmaker

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 07:50 PM

I didn’t know about alternating grain part 1st I’ve heard that one, but live and learn. It was about 45 degrees in the garage and high humidity; in the house 70 degrees and I think the reading was 14% humidity plenty of difference.

-- Mike

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