I recently came into possession of some pieces of cherry that were from
a chest of drawers that was dismantled. There are some really nice
pieces, but a few that are fairly cupped. Is there any way to flatten
this wood? Or is it simply a matter of planing it until it's usable?
You'll get the most usable final stock if you rip them down and then
It's possible you might be able to straigthen them out again if you
remove any finish and try the "lay them in the sun on the grass" trick",
but that's problematical--sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
I've only done this with select pine but I brushed water onto the concave
side. The water occupies more space so it 'flattened' the wood. Yea, I
know. It dries. Sometimes it 'takes the set' and sometimes not. That's
all I've got.
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