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Forum topic by revanson11 posted 05-25-2012 01:10 AM 1908 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2012 01:10 AM

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I need a little advice from my fellow LJ’rs. I’m building a bed and have all the parts cut, sanded and milled. In total I have 28 loose tenons that until two days ago dry fit perfectly in the mortises. Since then we have had over 3 inches of rain and today when I tried dry fitting the tenons none would fit. They have all expanded to the point that they will no longer fit in the mortice. My question is, what’s the best way to reduce the moisture in the tenons to get back to their original size. I thought about placing them in a warm over for a couple of hours to see if that would do the trick but first off I wanted to see what recommendations you all might have for me. Thanks in advance.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 02:27 AM

The oven is your best bet. Try 350 degrees for about 1/2 hour to an hour and then put them in a plastic bag until ready for use. Otherwise you may just hammer them to re-compress. Works too.

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 02:32 AM

For future reference, I wouldn’t mill them until you’re ready to glue up the project.

BTDT. :-(

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#3 posted 05-25-2012 04:26 AM

It’s a true blue double whammy you got there: Moisture not only makes the tenons expand, it makes the mortises shrink!

Some folks have dried out biscuits in wet climes using a microwave. Considered that? Oh, right, Bed parts. Not to practical, duh!

Will a few strokes with a rasp bring a tenon to dimension?



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 06:57 AM

Maybe a blowdryer

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 05:27 PM

Another vote for the oven but I would go with about 200F for several hours.

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