I am currently working on an aquarium stand for my son, and I have run into a little problem. I glued up a panel for the door that is 16" wide x 22" long. It is comprised of 4-4" wide X 3/4" thick figured maple boards (see picture). When I finished gluing it up, it is slightly bowed so that it sits lower in the middle than it does at either edge (the 16" width is bowed, not the 22" length). As I see it, I have a few choices:
1) Put a crossbrace across the back on the top and bottom to force it straight.
2) Clamp it to a flat surface for a few days and see if it goes flat.
3) Chuck it in the scrap bin, cry a little, and start a new one!
I hate to loose the panel, but I also hate to have the door never look good when closed. Will a couple maple braces on the back of the door look bad? What do you think? Thanks in advance for your help!