Planing wind & bow out of riven oak

A video I posted a while back showed me planing riven oak. In that video I warned the viewers they’d not learn much because the wood was perfect. This time, it’s different. A real good piece of white oak, but with some wind (twist) and bow/cupping.

It’s a “warts and all” video in that the sunlight kept changing. I tried to deal with it as best I could. I have about 14 windows in the shop – and I’m not going to kill all that daylight to turn the place into a video-studio. So sometimes the light’s a problem. I hope you can see what’s going on just the same.

5 thoughts on “Planing wind & bow out of riven oak

  1. Do you ever have problems with case hardening or “honeycombing” as it dries? I find it difficult to get kiln dried oak that doesn’t have some honey comb in it.

    • If by honeycombing you mean splits & checks on the tangential surface, white oak can do that pretty easily. It usually results in my case from drying too fast. Red oak is easier to dry, because of the open pores. White oak’s pores are filled with tyloses – makes it excellent for water-tight uses, but makes it tricky to dry. I planed several pieces of the white oak to 3 1/2″ square sections – those are the devil to dry without cracking. We’ll see how it goes. I planed extras. Thinner stuff, 1″-1 1/2″ thick usually works out OK.

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