Just a few days ago I posted "success" when I finally completed the lap joints for my candle stands. Perhaps I jumped the gun a bit. In my effort to make sure I had a good tight joint, I may have gone a bit too far. It seems the joint for one leg was a bit too tight forcing the leg to bow in the center when the joint was clamped together. IHIWTH!
So, now the assembly rocks. The bigger problem is that now the corbels that support the center column will not sit at 90 degrees. What to do, what to do?
I once talked to someone that suggested clamping the piece down with a little extra padding in the center and then wetting the compressed side of the board would help to straighten it. I thought it might be worth a try. The bow was too much to try and pull out with just the corbels, so, if I could just minimize it.....Attachment 10988 Attachment 10987 The idea of course is to overbend the wood back in the intended direction and then attempt to swell the compressed wood. Sounds logical, but that don't mean nuttin! Won't the wood eventually want to go back to being bowed?
Anyone ever have any luck (or even hear of) with this routine before? Am I wasting my time? Or, will I just have to wait and see?