You'd think this stuff was made of dead trees or something
January 15, 2013 1:01 PM Subscribe
If you've ever had a door or drawer that sticks during some parts of the year but not others, you have received a practical lesson in seasonal wood movement
due to humidity
. As the humidity changes, so do the dimensions of a piece of wood - sometimes to the breaking point
So is all furniture doomed to self destruct? Not if you're smart about things.
One way you can cope with these changes is with a frame and a floating panel
. If the stiles and rails of the frame are narrow enough, they will be fine and if the panel moves a little more freely in the winter, who cares. (If you do care, there's a product for that.)
When designing a table
, rather than firmly affixing the top to the rails you can buy special clips
to attach it with, so that it can move with the changing seasons (or just make your own
). You can pit thin layers of wood against other thin layers of wood, either by brute force
, or with amazing elegance
. Or, you can be like two St. Louis brothers
, who went to California to make it big, and turn you're coping strategies
into design elements.
And if you think you might be playing close to the edge, well, there's a Java app for that.