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jenny31

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09-09-2020 12:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodenbox moisture repair

Hello,

I have owned this box for almost 20 years, and it just started to bow. Recently it had produce put inside (my roommate did this!) and I think the moisture from these items did this.

How can I go about repairing it? I have some skills, but I am asking for your support to do this the right way.

Thank you very much!


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#1 posted 09-09-2020 05:07 PM

if someone brought that to me, and left to be repaired,
I would take it completely apart, do whatever is necessary to get
all the panels back to flat, and glue it back together with a moisture proof
coating on the inside so it doesn’t happen again.
not knowing anything about you or your skill sets, available tools, etc. it is pretty difficult
to suggest any kind of DIY fix.

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#2 posted 09-09-2020 05:37 PM

Id pretty much do the same, take apart, clamp it in cauls, maybe even sun/heat those clamped-up parts for awhile, clean off old glue, and reassemble. Maybe even pin the rabbits with some dowel or brass rod.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#3 posted 09-09-2020 07:13 PM

I would try to clamp it flat as is using cauls and see if I could dry clamp it back together without further disassembly. Once I had that question answered I might or might not take it apart to reassemble.

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#4 posted 09-09-2020 07:57 PM

Thank you for the advice! I am a newbie. I have made benches/ coat racks/ bookshelfs but this box was made by my father in the 1990’s.

Can someone tell me what a Caul is?

Any other advice to avoid moisture build up?

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#5 posted 09-09-2020 08:04 PM

a caul is a piece of wood to spread clamp pressure. I would use a caul on the concave side with a clamp that could reach near the middle of the board, so your clamps may limit what you can do here.

Another idea is to turn it upside down and use a weight or clamps to flatten the top against a board on sawhorses.

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#6 posted 09-09-2020 08:29 PM

cauls

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#7 posted 09-09-2020 08:36 PM

How to on pegged joints

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#8 posted 09-09-2020 09:29 PM

Thank you! I have used them, just didn’t know what their name was!

I am going to a shared woodshop tonight to try to fix it, and I will update.

Thank you for your help!

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#9 posted 09-09-2020 09:48 PM

Bake it. The interior absorbed the moisture, expanding and causing it to cup up. If the moisture wasn’t left for an extended period of time baking it to dry should bring it back fairly quickly. 185° for a couple of hours in the oven should fix it.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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jenny31

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#10 posted 09-29-2020 08:55 PM

Here it is all finished.

Re-varathaned it and drilled some small holes in the back for moisture.

Fingers crossed it holds!

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#11 posted 09-29-2020 08:56 PM

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#12 posted 09-29-2020 09:50 PM

Thats quite an improvement!!! Well done.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#13 posted 09-29-2020 10:46 PM

Success!

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#14 posted 09-29-2020 10:59 PM

Very good.

What did the trick?

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#15 posted 09-30-2020 01:21 AM

Don’t store produce in it in the future. Tell your roommate.

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