I’ve reclaimed some cedar wood from my grandmother’s hope chest to build a jewelry box for my mom. I’ve prepared the dovetail joints and am ready for the glue up.
The challenge is that the wood, being that it is reclaimed from an old chest, is not perfectly flat. It’s slightly warped. I think it will pull in ok on the glue up. But I am scared that in doing so I might stress the wood too much and crack it. Are there any steps I can take to reduce the stress on the wood, make the wood more flexible, or otherwise reduce the chances of the wood cracking when clamped for the glue up? I’ve read about wetting or heating wood for bending but not sure if that applies in this context.