I was just starting my Trestle table this morning. Been seasoning the Oak for 3 months, 1 1/4 x 8. Seemed ready.
First thing I did was to plane my edges parallel for the long apron. Measured in 3 5/8 in from each edge, center line was at 4 inches. Disaster strikes!
I cut leaving an 1/8 extra to allow for wobble of my cut if I had any. As soon as was 1/3 of the way through the board it began to spring apart. Finished my cut and the board bowed horrible. Both sides bowed away from each other. To plane them back to straight I will lose an inch of wood easily, maybe more. So those boards are not useable now.
This is the first time I have cut such a long length of wood, 8′. Before I try another piece, I thought I’d check here and see if that is normal, is there something I can do differently? I have clamped the pieces back together, hoping they might straighten, but I believe I read somewhere in one of Pauls lessons, that once bowed, it’s done, no going back short of planning.
When I was planing the edges, it planed real nice, did not seem wet or anything. Boards were light, not heavy.
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