How to Straighten a warped wood, Specifically Guitar back and Sides

How to straight a warped wood, specifically guitar back and side set.

Warping in woods is usual when they are exposed to moisture, heat, etc. There are several techniques available to unwarp the wood like ironing, sunlight exposure, using pressure, with the help of advanced machinery, etc. Minor warping can usually be corrected with heat and moisture only, but for more severe warping, you may also need to apply pressure to the wood. 

East Indian Rosewood

With a beautiful purple hue, this Indian rosewood would make an amazing piece of furniture that would look wonderful in your living room. Not only does the Indian rosewood makes an item of amazing furniture but also have you heard of an Indian rosewood guitar. Well, now you have. This wood is also used to make acoustic guitars that give it a sophisticated finish.

Straight a Warped Wood - Intro

Here we are going to discuss the easy steps to straight the warped East Indian Rosewood.

Step 1

For this technique, we need a towel that is large enough to cover the entire wood piece.

Straight a Warped Wood - Step 1


Step 2

The towels should be damp but not dripping wet. So, when moistening the towels, drench them and wring out the excess water. 

Straight a Warped Wood - Step 2

Step 3

Now place the warped wood on the wet towel upside down. The concave or inward curving surface of the wood should face down. The surface you place the wood on must be flat and rigid. 

Straight a Warped Wood - Step 3

Step 4

Cover the wood completely with the towel and place some heavy objects(say brick)  on the wood.  The wood will absorb the moisture from the towel and bend back into place in some time.

Straignten a wood step 4

Straighten a wood step 4


Step 5

Keep this for at least the next two hours. Most probably, the wood will regain its flat shape when checked after two hours. 

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Step 6

Then remove the towel and put back the heavyweight over the wood until the moisture in the wood evaporates completely. This process may take 24 to 48 hours until the wood gets dried.

Straighten a wood Step 5

Step 7

After 24-48 hours, as soon as the wood has completely dried throughout the entire piece, release the weight and check the wood to see the perfect flat wood surface!

This technique is all about equalizing the woods moisture evaporation. Wood swells when it gets wet and shrinks as it dries out. Another important thing is, make sure that the air of the room should also be dry during this process. Do not store the wood in a humid room. 

Voila,Our Straightened Wood is here,

Straight a Warped Wood - Step Final