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Blog entry by Gary posted 03-23-2009 08:09 AM 637 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am wondering what do these guys do different from us. Say an item is made on the coast, it gets put in the back of a hot semi truck for a few days and shipped to the midwest. Now its unloaded either to a wharehouse or goes straight to an air conditioned store. Now someone buys it and moves it to their house and everyting looks fine. It seems as if the trip from the shop in my basement upstairs can make things go nuts sometimes. I guess what I am getting at is, am I missing a step somewhere that is causing problems or is it just the luck of the draw.

-- Gary, Missouri



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kiwi1969

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#1 posted 03-23-2009 08:39 AM

I made furniture in the Philippines, put in a container and weeks later it turns up in Australia with no problems. All our wood is kiln dried, always wrapped in plastic after each machining stage, stained and given two coats of sealer before assembly then given it,s final top coat, processed from raw to finished within two to three weeks per container. In a home shop stock often sits for weeks after machining before you get a chance to come back to it. Speed and monitoring of moisture content is the key. My mahogany pencil post bed took me 9 hours from dressing the stock to spraying the top coat, of course I had 30 people and a factory at my disposal.

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 03-23-2009 11:39 PM

You just have to design it knowing wood expands and contracts. That is why we use frame and panels, bread board ends…and why they use particle board, staples and hot melt glue.

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