Rose Vine Keepsake Box

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Project by woodreamer posted 11-18-2011 09:14 AM 1814 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project that was an experiment that sort of went wrong. I tried for the first time to take a scrolled inlay pattern, then fill it in with polymer clay and bake according to the instructions. At first I was very pleased with the results, then I looked closely. Yikes! The lid now has a serious amount of cupping (last photo). Thinking about it later, I realized that heat removes moisture quickly which makes wood do strange things. I’m trying to think how I can straighten it out. Of course the topic of warping is as old as woodworking itself. The method i’ve tried before, with moderate success is wetting the concave or cupped side, then applying gentle heat, such as a hair dryer. Unfortunately, i laminated a thin piece of basswood to the underside of the lid to hide the rough underside of the design, so the glue would prevent the added moisture to penetrate the cupped side (I suppose I could simply remove the basswood by sanding), but a less destructive way would be preferable.
Anyways, any thoughts,opinions or suggestions are welcome.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 11:39 AM

Wow, sorry to hear that this happened. Hope you can save it. The lines and inlay look great.

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

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#2 posted 11-18-2011 12:47 PM

Sorry that happened tp you. Such a beautiful box. Can’t you just make another lid.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 11-18-2011 03:51 PM

When you laminate something on one side like that you should always laminate something similar on the other side as well. This is a very important rule in veneering and it applies here as well. that’s likely your biggest problem. I think sanding it off would be the best plan.

All that aside, Nice box ! I hope you can fix the top.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 11-18-2011 06:39 PM

Thanks all for your comments. The more I think of it , I’ll probably suck it up and just make another lid with conventional inlay technique. Harsh lesson.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 10:19 AM

If you cannot add moisture to the bottom you could try to take it out of the top in order to recreate the ballance…..

-- Dreaming patterns

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