Sometimes I get a little warping on my plaques. How do you combat this or unwarp your plaque? Thanks, FatPoppy
I have had the same issue with some carvings. I always carve with the grow rings on the wood facing down, I have been doing this almost from the beginning. Wood always wants to go back to being a round tree unless it is completely dry (2 to 6% moisture) Even with the grow rings down I have had pieces that want warp, so my solution has been to either leave them clamped down on the machine table for a couple of days, or place them under a good deal of weight for a few days. Another option is to use some straight scrap pieces turned on edge and clamp them to the piece front and back top and bottom, making a plaque "sandwich". I then leave those clamped for a few days as well. If the warp is really pronounced it is possible to crack the wood when clamping and you can try to straighten out the warp a little at a time over several days.
If you buy wood from most big box stores or lumber yards, it is only going to be dried to around 10% moisture and that is because their suppliers only dry the wood enough to prevent decay and mold/mildew. The mill I buy from dries his wood to 4-6% moisture in his kiln which gives me better results.
And last but not least if you can clamp the plaque facing down on your carver table so that it is flat, you could carve some relief lines or a square/rectangle relief maybe 1/16th to 1/8 inch deep and maybe an inch shy of the outer edges all the way around.
**** As an update to this topic I just recently read an article about planing wood which basically stated that one needs to remove equal amounts of material from each side to help prevent warping.
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