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Taking the bow out of slats without removing any material

I am building a mission style crib, which calls for 64 1"w x 3/4"thick x 24"L slats. I am using quarter sawn white oak for the entire thing, but as I was cutting my slats from wide stock, half of them are coming off the table saw with very noticeable bows in them. Internal stress I assume is the culprit, as my saw fence and the stock were both straight prior t
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In all likelihood you will have to dispose of the crooked slats. You might try wetting the cup side of the slats but don't hold your breath for success.
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Would it be feasible to use a steamer and steam box and instead of steam bending the wood, steam straighten it?
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-03-2013, 02:35 PM
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I've had some QSWO take off on me also

Everything was true and straight except the wood, which had a mind of it's own. It certainly wouldn't hurt to try to steam "unbend" them. A few at a time then let them dry stickered with weight on top. Worth a try and building a steam box will come in handy eventually. Probably a You Tube on that build, if not here.

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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I am building a mission style crib, which calls for 64 1"w x 3/4"thick x 24"L slats. I am using quarter sawn white oak for the entire thing, but as I was cutting my slats from wide stock, half of them are coming off the table saw with very noticeable bows in them. Internal stress I assume is the culprit, as my saw fence and the stock were both straight prior t
Save the slats for inlay's. I did with some & it works great.

Learning to fix your mistake's is very time consuming
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Before you do anything rash, stack and sticker the boards with some weight on top. Give it a few days and see if they improve.

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