New User with Bow Tie Issues

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New User with Bow Tie Issues

Post by DanThomas » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:57 pm

Hello everyone. This is my first post on the forum but I've used the advice given to others quite a bit.

I've been making an end grain ash table top at the request of a family member. As expected, the ash disc split about a year ago when drying. I expected this and actually wanted it to happen so I could add some nice bow tie keys.

This was my first go at it and I think they looked ok. I used kiln dried Beech for the bow ties and they fit nice with a bit of a gap on one edge filled with some sawdust and glue.

I brought the wood into the house from the garage/workshop yesterday and the bow ties have shrunk significantly. With about 1mm gap on the edges parallel to the grain. So much so I've had to tap them out.

Any advice? The garage is a lot colder and more exposed to humidity than inside. A moisture check on both bits of wood shows they're about 0.2%.

Should I bring the beech inside and let it settle before cutting them again?

Many thanks


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Re: New User with Bow Tie Issues

Post by _lotusbleu » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:47 am

Letting the beech settle inside for a while will help - or you can set up a fairly inexpensive kiln with household dehumidifiers to dry out stock in your workshop.

0.2% moisture content seems insanely low though - most wood is dried to around 6-8% for furniture.

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