Dresser Build

  • 04 Dec 2017 2:23 AM
    Message # 5611722
    Hello all,

    I am new to the forum thing but I really need some advise. I am building a dresser for my daughter and after gluing the side panels together I had to store the lumber for 6 months. Today I finally was able to get my hands back on them and they have a slight twist. Seeing that they were already jointed and planed to thickness is there anything I can do or am I scraping 40bf of mahogany? Any advice would be greatly welcome, and thank you for your time.

    Richard Hedges


  • 30 Jan 2018 5:44 AM
    Reply # 5708680 on 5611722

    2/75 RLTW!

    Sorry I'm new here too, but I'm all over the place reading and watching everything I can because I'm really new to woodworking and spend a good 14 hours a day in my shed happily scraping things I mess up, or spend 5 hours devising and making a woodworking project aide to help do something that ends up taking me five minutes to do after my aide idea didn't work, but I love every minute of it. Dunno what anything I said has to do with what you asked but when I seen RLTW, had to say something.

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  • 21 Feb 2018 9:32 PM
    Reply # 5849233 on 5611722

    I have had some luck with making panels and boards straight again by taking them into a dry workshop, and clamping them to a flat surface for a few days. Wood typically twists or warps because of moisture exchange with the air, and it if was kiln dried lumber it was originally straight at around 8% moisture. Unless you live in the desert, that is not an achievable relative humidity, so when you disturbed  the wood fibers on the boards surface, there was a moisture exchange with the air. By placing the boards in a dry climate controlled environment, and clamping them flat, you can sometimes encourage a new exchange of moisture in your favor, and having them clamped flat will encourage them to be flat after the exchange is done. 

    Hope this helps.

  • 21 Feb 2018 10:30 PM
    Reply # 5851748 on 5611722

    I would imagine that when you go to assemble the sides into the carcass that you would be able to "pull' the twist out, given that it is slight.  You will be making cross members for the top, bottom, and perhaps the dust barriers between drawers, all of these together should be able to get you back true.  Although you are already planed to final thickness, perhaps you may end up with sides that are a little thinner, it is hand made after all.  The twist is showing you how/what extent those side panels are going to move with humidity or seasonal changes so take that into account as you assemble the carcass so you don't end up with splits in the sides later on.  I wouldn't think that you would have to scrap 40 BdFt.  The worst case would be a smaller dresser, or re-rip the panels and re-glue true.  The later may be over the top and does nothing to cure the overall need for the panels to be able to move particularly in relationship to the top.

  • 25 Feb 2018 9:37 PM
    Reply # 5877123 on 5611722

    I have had luck with this. Clamp the panel down flat and wipe it down with water. Make it really wet. Not so wet that it puddles up but not so dry that it dries up really fast. You need it wet for a few hours. Walk in and wet it down a few times throughout the day. The next day it will still be a little off, but will be workable.

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