Warp & Twisted No Longer

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Project by blackcherry posted 04-06-2011 07:23 PM 2259 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ’s, here we have a demonstration of a highly figured board that was twisted and warp, so how does one go about straightening out such a wonderful piece of wood. Notice that the figured wood has one piece of oak laminated on each side. By over sizing the thickness of the figured walnut piece so that the walnut is suspended or lifted from touching the planer surface on both sides, this will allow the piece to ride on the oak rails through the planer. Thus being careful as to surface small incriminate at a time til the one side is flat and then flipping and planing the opposite side til flat. After planing both sides leave the oak rail on for a while til the piece has time to acclimate to shop environment or it will twist once again. In this case for this piece its been sitting in the shop for over a year til the right opportunity to use had arrived, and so we have this small box with a nice piece of figured wood as its lid. Hope this help someone along the way and as always thanks for viewing …Blkcherry

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#1 posted 04-06-2011 07:33 PM

Hey Wilson. That is a great tip to share and it appears to be quite effective. On another note, you sure do come up with some beautifully figured wood. That walnut is gorgeous and I have seen you use some wonderful birdseye maple as well. Thanks for sharing this information and continue to delight us with your quality projects.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#2 posted 04-06-2011 07:34 PM


-- 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 04-06-2011 08:56 PM

I wonder if you ever try it with your V-drum.

Nice looking work (and wood),

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 04-06-2011 09:30 PM

Very cool idea, that should come in handy in the future, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 04-06-2011 09:37 PM

Gorgeous Walnut , BC ..certainly worth the extra efforts and time : )
Very nice box over all : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 04-06-2011 10:32 PM

Great idea thanks for sharing.Thats one sweet looking box.

-- Billp

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#7 posted 04-06-2011 10:43 PM

Great technique.. and just love that walnut… outrageous grain…

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#8 posted 04-06-2011 10:45 PM

Clever trick and stunning results. Nice work.

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#9 posted 04-06-2011 11:14 PM

Beautiful wood & well worth the effort

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 04-07-2011 01:56 AM

BC as always very well done, Hope all is well buddy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 04-07-2011 03:52 AM

BC, that is one gorgeous piece of wood, the grain is outstanding! The box is a great piece and I’m certain that someone will enjoy using this for many years! Great Job!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 04-07-2011 03:56 AM

Again thanks everyone for your comments, this is such a sweet trick on bring a twist piece of lumber back into working order….Blkckherry

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#13 posted 04-07-2011 04:17 AM

Nice post. I would probably not trust my planer for this, but the idea of trying with a drum sander might work. I had a piece of Redheart that had twisted. Too bad I cut it up and jointed it flat. Very nice box too!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#14 posted 04-07-2011 06:01 AM

Great tip on making a board useful again.

Some great figure.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 04-08-2011 12:37 AM

And oh yeah, that is a great looking box, had to take another look, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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