TV Stand #5: Problems with the top....and the heat

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Blog entry by Angela posted 08-18-2011 09:30 PM 1864 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I haven’t written an update because it’s been too hot in my garage in So. Ca. I have a detached, 1938, garage without air condition. The heat never bothered me but as I get older it’s been getting to me.

Another problem I’m having is with the top of the TV stand. I mentioned before that I purchased 14’ of 6/4 African mahogany rough wood. I cut the wood into 3 pieces. (4’, 4’, and 6’)

Because it’s been about 100 degrees in my garage, I decided to take it to my local lumberyard and have the yard finish the 1/8” left to plane and use their jointer on the boards.

They told me they don’t have a jointer instead they use their table saw to do all their glue ups. Now that I have the boards home there’s no way I can glue up the board based on their table saw cut. The ends of the boards match up but the center part of the boards concave away from each other.

They planed the boards but when I got them home, one board is twisted. It wasn’t like this before and I planed most of the rough wood but since my planer is small I thought I’d have them take off the last 1/8”. Before taking the boards in they all were flat. They all came from the same one board but now I have one that’s twisted.

So I’m a little frustrated. I need to spend some time fixing everything but it’s too hot in the garage right now. All this well take some time so it will be awhile for the next update.


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#1 posted 08-18-2011 09:49 PM

thats extremly frustrating.


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#2 posted 08-18-2011 09:51 PM

Do you own a jointer?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 10:09 PM

I work in a detached garage near Houston. High temperatures have been about 100 for the last month or two. This spring I installed a gable vent fan in the back of the garage to get rid of the hot air that otherwise accumulates back there. I turn on that fan ahead of time to bring the temperature down to the outside temperature, and I keep another fan blowing directly on me most of the time that I’m out there.

Coincidentally, the door I’ve been working on since January is also African Mahogany.

Bummer about the piece that twisted. Wood will do what it will do.

Edge jointing with a router and straight edge would work. Maybe you could use the cut edge of your circular saw jig. Some people clamp down the mating pieces so that when they run the router down the straight edge the bit runs between the mating surfaces (which face each other) and trims both of the mating surfaces at the same time. This ensures that they are parallel even if the straight edge is a bit curved.

Are you going to use anything to keep the edges aligned?

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 11:15 PM


You are welcome to come use my jointer. I’m in Pasadena. Send me a message.


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#5 posted 08-18-2011 11:27 PM

I added two turbines in the roof and I have a swamp cooler but that doesn’t really keep me cool it just causes me to sweat more.

John – I might take you up on that. I’m going to try the router thing first and if that doesn’t work I’ll be contacting you. I went to Arroyo Hardwood in Pasadena to have the work done on the boards.

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#6 posted 08-19-2011 12:37 AM

Let me know. I had the same problem before I got my jointer when I was building my garage doors. I have used the router trick before.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 08-19-2011 03:05 AM

I live in San Bernardino, and just resawed some QSWO for some picture frames, during that stint of thunder storms we had a few weeks ago, I left the newly cut 1/4” veneers stacked in my garage, (Stickered) and when I came back after a few days of not so humid weather, they were bent and twisted like crazy. The dryer temperatures lately seemed to have caused the warping to not be so drastic.

Good thing in my case the wood is thin and when I veneer it, I can bend it back to shape.

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#8 posted 08-19-2011 04:41 AM

With any panel, don’t worry about planing it until it is glued together. Wood moves with humidity. Wood slides in the clamps during glue up.

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#9 posted 08-19-2011 06:43 AM

Some people will purposefully make concave edges in what’s called a spring joint. The reason was that even dried wood tends to dry out more towards the ends over time. So to counteract the tendency for the ends to split, the concave section in the center they would force the ends of the boards to squeeze together even tighter.

Tommy Mac is one proponent of this technique.

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#10 posted 08-19-2011 08:59 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone and Sarit thanks for the info and link. I’ve never heard of that tech before. I did watch his video he said the space he created was about the width of half a piece of paper. If the space in the middle of my boards was the small, I wouldn’t mind it but it’s a rather large space.

Al, I had purchased a Jet jointer when I first purchased my Bosch table saw about 5 years ago. I never used it and it took up a lot of room so I sold in on Craig’s list several years ago. Now I’m really into woodworking and wish I had it but it wasn’t the best quality anyway. Since I’m still rather young and I’ll be woodworking for some time to come, I decided to purchase another jointer, Powermatic 54A. I’ll just have to figure out where to put it.

Thanks again John for the jointer offer. You don’t happen to know anything about electricity? I would like to find someone that can help me (basically show me) how to install a sub-breaker and 220 in my garage. The only 220 thing I have is the table saw but I installed a 220 plug next to my circuit breaker and run a custom made extension cord to it. I re-wired my garage because when I moved in the only thing it had was one pull light in the middle of the garage.

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