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UN-bending oak filler for cabinets?


On a project that's taking far too long, I finally got the "kitchen cabinets" installed in what's to be 1/2 laundry room, 1/2 home office. Hmm, they didn't have toe kick trim, and I can see I'd need a filler at one point. Well, I went and looked where I've been storing things (an enclosed but unheated porch) and discovered a long package; the cabinet distributor thoughtfully had provided both. And I forgot them. VERY poorly stored.

All look good except that, due to the position in which they were stored, the prefinished oak 3/4" x 3" x 90" filler has a bow to it. Now what?

My first inclination is to thoroughly wet the wood, store it bent the other way, leave it for a while (hopefully not for as long as it took to bend it in the first place!)

Is there a better solution? PLEASE don't tell me I need to make a steam box - I tried that once on another project, failed completely.
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On a project that's taking far too long, I finally got the "kitchen cabinets" installed in what's to be 1/2 laundry room, 1/2 home office. Hmm, they didn't have toe kick trim, and I can see I'd need a filler at one point. Well, I went and looked where I've been storing things (an enclosed but unheated porch) and discovered a long package; the cabinet distributor thoughtfully had provided both. And I forgot them. VERY poorly stored.

All look good except that, due to the position in which they were stored, the prefinished oak 3/4" x 3" x 90" filler has a bow to it. Now what?

My first inclination is to thoroughly wet the wood, store it bent the other way, leave it for a while (hopefully not for as long as it took to bend it in the first place!)

Is there a better solution? PLEASE don't tell me I need to make a steam box - I tried that once on another project, failed completely.
pre finished did not help, it has either absorbed moisture from the back making the back longer or dried more in the back make the back shorter.

So which is it?
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pre finished did not help, it has either absorbed moisture from the back making the back longer or dried more in the back make the back shorter.

So which is it?
Good point. Prefinished on "front", now the concave surface, raw oak on the "back" now a convex one.
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Good point. Prefinished on "front", now the concave surface, raw oak on the "back" now a convex one.
I would store it it in the house for a month and hope it comes back.
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I was hoping for a more pro-active course of action, but thanks. Right now, that's what I'm doing. Thinking about putting some tension on the wood while I'm waiting.
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I was hoping for a more pro-active course of action, but thanks. Right now, that's what I'm doing. Thinking about putting some tension on the wood while I'm waiting.
The problem is that it absorbed or lost moisture only to the raw side and it has to come back to normal the same way. It will only be straight when the front and back are equal and the moisture in the board is in the centre.
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I would not wet it. But if you fixture it with a reverse bend in it for a couple of weeks, that should take some of the bend out of it.

How is it mounted ? If you have solid wood to mount it to, put some PL Premium behind it --- once it sets, it ain't moving anywhere.
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