OK, I'm a newbie to the forum. I am trying to get a wood shop set up in the garage and want to laminate some boards together (think Roubo). I found this Oregon Ash at a good price. After driving 60 miles to get it, I could have kicked myself. All of it was bowed to one extent or another. No cupping or other funky movement.
The wood is 8/4 Oregon Ash, 8' long and 6" wide. It has been air drying for a little over a year and its current moisture content (as taken with a Harbor Freight moisture meter, so plus or minus…) is a pretty consistent 11%. There are a total of eight boards. The worst bow is a 1 in. rise off the ground over the eight foot length. The smallest bow is 3/8.
I tried pairing them up (bows facing) and placing a 1" spacer mid-span for the most bowed boards. I clamps both ends together and tried wetting the concave sides to try and ease the stress. They were left clamped for four days and there was no change.
Are these too bowed to use in a workbench top (even if I alternate the bows… bows not facing the same direction)?
Thank you for your help!