How can straighten this wooden frame??


I bought this wooden Christmas tree last year and it has since warped. It goes on the wall but since its bent it doesn't stay flush against it. I am going to paint the slats Xmas colors but how can I straighten the bent wood, if I can?

q how can straighten this wooden frame
q how can straighten this wooden frame
q how can straighten this wooden frame
  20 answers
  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 20, 2020

    Hi Elizabeth: One thing you might try is to lay it down the other way, face down,spray it lightly with water and put something heavy on the part that's curved up. That should straighten it out in a few days.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Nov 20, 2020

    Hi Elizabeth, there are two things you can try... first was said above; try turning it over and placing something heavy on top until it bends flat. The other is to use some water to wet the wood before doing the above (if you can wet it without damaging it). Adding some moisture to the wood will help it bend a little easier back into shape but then make sure you leave something heavy on it until is fully dry or it will warp again.

  • William William on Nov 20, 2020

    As wood dries it tends to follow it's growth pattern. The methods above of turning it over and placing something heavy will work. But I may I add something. You would need to go slightly beyond the bend for it to straighten out. When you turn it over place something about 1" thick at each end. Spray some water on it to dampen it. Do not get it wet. Then place something heavy in the center so it slightly bends downward. Then let it sit until it's dry. When you remove the weight it will spring slightly back but straighter. Just turning it over and placing a weight on it will not provide enough stress to stretch the wood fibers.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 20, 2020

    Hello. I was recently watching a blogger work with wood panels and to flatten them out from the warping -he sprayed water them then put some weights on to flatten—perhaps this is something you can consider

  • Cindy Cindy on Nov 20, 2020

    Depending on what type of wood it is, you could soak it in the bath tub for 30 mins or so and then lay it flat with weight on it. It should be very pliable and easy to manipulate. I know that you can soak willow, teak, and other soft woods. Hard wood, like oak, will not work. Good luck with this. That tree is so cute. I hope you are well.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Nov 20, 2020

    Hi Elizabeth, sorry your Christmas tree warped. I hope this helps you. Can you straighten warped wood?

    To straighten warped wood, I soak in water. Or if you can't submerse them put a wet cloth on the inside of the warp curve, and soak until straight. ... And, once it is finalized then seal the grain against future water and the wood glue will stay in there and never warp again, stronger than the piece would be originally.

    Straighten Warped Wood › workshop_notes › Straig...

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Nov 20, 2020

    You can soak or moisten the wood and then weigh it down on a flat surface. When it dries, it should be flat.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 21, 2020

    Hello Elizabeth,

    Soak it for a white and then put a weight on it to straighten it! If you don't want to do that, you could try Steam. Best of luck.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Nov 21, 2020

    Wood will warp due to stresses in the wood when combined with humidity. I would cut it at the point that it is bending. Then I would square up the bent edge and glue it back together using a couple of dowels for alignment. The repair should disappear since you are painting anyway. You didn't say what kind of wood is bending, but it looks like press board or MDF and those won't respond well to adding water to it.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 21, 2020

    I would sprinkle it with some water and put it in the oven on low to make it bendable. But as Ken said if it is MDF do NOT add water. Water will ruin your lovely Christmas tree.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Nov 21, 2020

    Hi! I would lay it on a flat surface, and weigh it down. Books, magazines, anything heavy. Good luck!

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Nov 22, 2020

    Hang on a small bathroom wall and run the hot shower. I am not sure how long you should do that but it might allow it to "give" a little to bend it back into shape. Worth a try.

  • Kiki Kiki on Nov 22, 2020


  • Annie Annie on Nov 27, 2020

    I would make a frame that would support bending it in the opposite direction. Then bend it to straighten plus a bit more. Secure it and then get a pot of boiling water, lots of steam and place under it for 15 min. Then let it sit there for a hour or two. Steam usually helps to bend wood.. Good luck

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Nov 28, 2020

    Put a straight piece of metal on the rear and use screws to flatten it.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Nov 30, 2020

    it is a humidity that took a toll on it ...but if you are going to put some weight on it and keep same temp all will go back to shape it was. When you get there make sure to seal it properly that this will not happen again in the feature as you store your beautiful tree

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Dec 04, 2020

    If it is made of wood I think I would spray it with water then put heavy weights on both ends for a few days.