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wet wood: the soggy strip dilemma
By:Tom Murphy
Date: 6/25/2001, 8:00 pm

Wouldn't you know it. After months of delay I finally got the cedar strips cut, coved, and beaded for my Guillemot L before going out of town for a week. I came back to find some of my strips sitting in a puddle of water on my basement floor! What's worse is that I actually contemplated moving them off the floor before leaving, but decided not to, reasoning that A) the basement's never flooded in the year that I've lived there, and B) the rainy season in Seattle is over. What I failed to consider is that C) my last name is Murphy.

That disclaimer aside, what now? Only about 10-15% of the strips appear to have been affected. The most obvious sign of damage is a gray/weathered appearance on the more seriously soaked strips. But I know that others also absorbed some water without showing such obvious signs. I worry about long-term effects that will show up a year after sealing the strips into their fiberglass eternity.

Can the strips be salvaged? Is it sufficient to let them dry a few weeks? Should I seek out a kiln? Is it worth the effort?

Any advice you can spare is appreciated...

Messages In This Thread

wet wood: the soggy strip dilemma
Tom Murphy -- 6/25/2001, 8:00 pm
Re: wet wood: the soggy strip dilemma
Steve L -- 6/26/2001, 1:20 pm
Re: Flat strips or B&C
Tony -- 6/26/2001, 12:17 pm
the soggy strip dilemma-- hopefully resolved
Paul G. Jacobson -- 6/26/2001, 3:07 am
Re: wet wood: the soggy strip dilemma
Rehd -- 6/25/2001, 11:49 pm