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post #1 of 3 Old 10-28-2019, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Beginner here with a problem/question

Hello all. So i am very novice when it comes to wood working. I did quite a bit of it in shop class in high school but that was 10 plus years ago.
I just went and picked up some 4/4 ash over the weekend. It had already been planed smooth and had a half way straight edge on it. Moisture content was approx. 8% i tested it with a cheap moiature meter that i bought. Guy said it was kiln dried and i have no reason to think it was not.

So i have cut the boards into 1 1/2 inch strips 37 inches long each. The stripps bowed every which way possible right while cutting. I no longer have straigt pieces. What could the cause be for this to happen?
Im thinking thats its how narrow the boards are any info would be great. Thanks

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-28-2019, 11:03 PM
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That's just the nature of some woods ...

I had some Hickory milled into 1/4" thick strips, but I was told to strap them tightly together immediately after cutting so they wouldn't twist and warp. That worked quite well and I used them real soon afterwards, again to prevent warping.

Is there a cure? You can wet them and bag them all bound together and let them dry slowly. That may not work ... I donno?

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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It is always a good practice when buying wood and moving it to a new environment to allow it to acclimate to the new environment for a couple of weeks. This allows less internal stresses to slowly release to a new normal before cutting. Now that they are cut...let them acclimate to their new surroundings for a while before sizing them and salvage what you can.
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