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    Warped/Twisted forestocks. Is there any solution?

    I have run across several very nice forestocks that have a bow, twist, or are somehow warped over the last few years. I'm wondering if there is any method or technique to take any of this out of a forestock. I tried putting pressure for a period of a day or two, but shortly thereafter removal from the press jig, the warp/bow just comes back, even tried this wet also. I hope someone has a better idea and can help me out....


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    Sometimes you can get permanent corrections with a steam box and truing jig.
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    JBS has the only answer in my opinion. That's how they put a bend in shotgun stocks and chair backs. I don't think it's the WETNESS that aids the bend back to true but the HEAT and wet. But I wonder how a warped fore-end would fare once it was straightened then immersed in linseed. Would it remain true or just revert to type?

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    I have made use of one twisted forend by cutting it down to a No5, as the warp was worst in the front. Honestly I can't see a good solution. Steaming a forend will cause it to warp unpredictably, steamed timber bent over a jig usually springs back significantly, and is often used in conjunction with laminating and gluing, not appropriate here. Personally I don't think it would work, but what have you got to lose if it stuffed anyway?
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    Steam bending

    Morning Wood: Try a search of some "primitive archery" sites. There are some that give very detailed descriptions of how to steam bend unfinished or partly finished bow-staves. The important thing is to steam a piece long enough to truly soften it for the bend. I have steamed largish Oregon yew staves and the first time you feel it really bend it's quite amazing. Unfortunately our zero ambient moisture climate here in Alberta was more than the poor yew could tolerate and it ended up looking like a propellor blade! I don't see why a forend couldn't be bent but I would guess 45 minutes to an hour of preparatory steaming.

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