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    Wood science experiment

    If you wanted to coax a slightly out of flat board straight(er) using water only, which side would you dampen, side A or B?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Page View Post
    If you wanted to coax a slightly out of flat board straight(er) using water only, which side would you dampen, side A or B?
    "B" To swell the wood cells and make them push upward and temporarily flatten the board.
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    Yup, B

    If it's crooked, it's gonna stay crooked, though, like Jim said. It'll just go back to crooked once it dries.
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    I wouldn't dampen either side. Wet wood is not gonna burn nearly as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Beam View Post
    Yup, B

    If it's crooked, it's gonna stay crooked, though, like Jim said. It'll just go back to crooked once it dries.

    Would depend on why it got crooked. If you went to BORC an got it, tossed it into the back of your truck on one of these hot days, it will form into a perfect boat keel, these you can minipulate back to the norm. but like you say if it was in a pile for a long while and it decided to get bent, you can coax it straight for a while but old habits are hard to break. Best to make shorts or heat a cold shop with it.

    Along those lines. This time of year (hot/humid) when we are getting wood from establishments that are AC and such and carry back home in the backs of our trucks or toss into a well warmed garage shop, we need to consider the climate changes this piece is about to face and prepare a place for it to acclimate to its new surroundings or you too might be asking which side to wet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Barley View Post
    I wouldn't dampen either side. Wet wood is not gonna burn nearly as well.
    Ian wins the thread.
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    Thanks guys,
    My problem is with the lower left corner of the right door. The doors were dead flat when I made them earlier this year but now the lower left corner of the right door has warped out about 3/32”. The door is pretty big so it takes very little pressure to straighten it out. I can probably install a latch or something to hold it in position but it still frosts my butt!

    I was hoping that I could coax it straight again but I guess not….
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
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    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
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    Bruce - sorry to be flip. I can imagine your frustration. But this is wood. The 3/32" are proof that its real wood, not some plastic covered facsimilie. I hope that one of the clever guys can give you some real help but I'm afraid I can't. In my world (outdoor furniture) I know that if it gets outta line its likely to stay outta line. That is why anything "lively" gets burned or cut into shorts.

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    I just ordered one of these from Lee Valley, it should do the trick.

    Ian, LOL, there have been a few times that I have been tempted to stoke the fireplace!
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
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    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
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