Base of Rocker

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Project by jack1 posted 05-27-2010 02:59 AM 1964 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although this is not a complete project and, most all experienced lumberjocks know the technique, I thought it might be an interesting thing to show/tell for newbies… I’m making one of those rocker/cradle pieces and since I couldn’t find a 1”x 18” x 72” anywhere, I laminated two 1×10’s. My show side looked pretty good so, just a bit of fill and sand. The bottom side however, looked like a WWII aftermath of a carpet bombing. (I know, if someone turns your piece over or looks in the back that faces the wall you’re supposed to slap them but, some of these piece flippers are way bigger than me so, I finish all sides)!
Anyways, If you look at the first picture, you’ll see not only a burn mark but a long dent, like I said, the whole side was full of dents and marks! I took a whole bunch of paper towel bits soaked in water and covered the worse offenders. After about 20-25 minutes, I took off the wet blobs and 99% of the dents were either at the level of the rest of the wood surface or higher. Just a few minutes of sanding and, voila! Smooth as can be and no major loss of wood thickness. (Pictures 1 and four show the same area before/after).
I first learned this trick when reading about repairing gunstocks years ago. When I started woodworking, I figured if it could work through gunstock finish, it would really work on bare wood. It does!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 05-27-2010 03:14 AM

yes it does , jack .

sometimes i use an iron too ,
if they are really hard to raise .

just don’t burn them .

-- 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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#2 posted 05-27-2010 03:14 AM

Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 05-27-2010 03:17 AM

The iron works really well on hardwoo’tds like gunstocks… ;0) Pine is pretty easy. The red oak we have here takes a few minutes longer but it also does well. As long as the fibers haven’t been sliced through, there is usually not problem.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 05-27-2010 03:19 AM

Great tip to share Jack.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 05-27-2010 03:45 AM

Nice tip, Jack.

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#6 posted 05-27-2010 04:03 AM

One more thing you need to learn, blame those dents and dings on the kids when the piece flippers start pointing out the defects. :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 05-27-2010 05:11 AM

Thanks for the info!

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#8 posted 05-27-2010 03:52 PM

I did not know this – that is awesome!! I could have used this earlier! why DIDNT YOU POST THIS EARLIER!!?!? j/k – thanks for the post! can’t wait to see the rocker – and I’ll be checking all sides! :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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