I'm building a piano style shell for my midi controller.

Back piece with the 2 decorative flairs on it is actually on a hinge and folds down for easy access to plugging in cables.

It's made from pine 1/4" ply.

It has bent and concaved about 1/8 inch or so.

I have 1 hinge on the left side and 1 hinge on the right side. If I put a hinge in the middle, it won't fold all the way down as the bowing puts stress on the screws.

I've tried to spray some water on the concave side and put it on a flat surface with some clamps but that didn't work.

How would I go about getting this to be more straight?

Rear View

  • Hi, welcome to SE. There are already previous Q&As on warped plywood or unbending plywood and your question may be closed as a duplicate of one of those. Take a look at the most recent one, here and then look at the Related column to the right to see more relevant Answers.
    – Graphus
    Commented Dec 29, 2018 at 9:43
  • Now about your piece, I suspect the existing piece won't be fixable (at least not permanently) and the only viable option is replacement, and I wouldn't use softwood plywood for the new back. BTW is the rest of the box also built from softwood ply?
    – Graphus
    Commented Dec 29, 2018 at 9:49
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    Possible duplicate of How to flatten 1/8" Baltic Birch Plywood for laser cutting?
    – Graphus
    Commented Dec 29, 2018 at 9:50
  • Thank you for the replies. Yes. It's build from pine ply. This is just a first attempt at building something. I'm guessing the next reply is that I should've used a better piece of wood? Commented Dec 29, 2018 at 16:45
  • Yes, you'd have gotten more reliable results with a better class of plywood (or panels glued up from solid wood, which is stiffer than ply). Since you've built the whole thing though you should see how it holds up because it might be OK. Anyway for your back, as you can see from the previous Q&As what you've tried already is how you might go about taking the bow out of the plywood so it's worth trying again. Don't just clamp back to flat but instead bend it further so that you're holding it with an opposite bend, this stands the best chance of achieving flat once the clamps come off.
    – Graphus
    Commented Dec 30, 2018 at 9:43

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Cut a piece of 3/4" plywood 4" wide and 2" less than the width of the shell. Glue and screw it to the back panel to add rigidity.

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