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Old 02-21-2007, 06:15 PM   #1
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Oh Sure (The new Guy):

About the puzzle:

All wood is made up from the cell structure of trees. (You know this already.) If you take a softwood, like a piece of pine, and soak it in boiling water, you soften the cell structure. Since the dried pine cells no longer have normal tree fluids in the cells then the cells should be mostly empty.

After the cell walls are soft from the heat and boiling water, one can squeeze the wood and cause the cell walls to collapse. BTW, when I say squeeze, I mean using a lot of force, A.K.A. "put-your-back-into-it" type of squeeze force.

So you take one end of the puzzle, soak it for a while in boiling water, and then squeeze it moving the wood out of the way. Let it cool and dry for a few hours with the pressure applied. The wood will stay that way after you release the pressure. After you remove the pressure, you drill the hole, insert the pencil or the nail. Now soak the end of the wood in boiling water again, and the wood will re-expand on its own. It will take a few minutes of boiling to re-expand fully.

Two notes: The re-expanded wood will not have the same low moisture content as before, as some of the cells will absorb the boiling water on re-expansion. That is one reason why you seldom see this trick with a finish applied to the wood.
Also, Don't try this trick with Southern Yellow Pine, Maple, Ash, any nut or fruit wood (like walnut, hickory, apple, or pear wood); cell structure is too close and tight. Scrap 2X4 cutoffs from home construction trade works best because that wood comes from very fast growing pine.

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