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#1 posted 04-19-2012 06:13 PM

I would assume that the french cleat was not installed on the piece before you shiped it . A metal heavy duty ( non flexible ) cleat,running the length of the work, would not have allowed the warping on both corners as shown . If you had edge glued as well as face glued the individual pine blocks then you would have a very stable structure . Edge glueing may also require that you paint the pine pieces after assembly . The use of large glued up pine or birch ( solid wood panels 3/4 “thickness ) from HD or IKEA have always worked well for me as a backing . Your artwork is too time invested to have this happen by using Cheap MDF or undersized non-hardwood plywood as a backing .

Quick Fix: Call a couple of cabinet shops near where your customer lives and discuss the problem and the cost to fix it. Have the customer deliver it to them and then you can pay the Cab Shop promptly. It is better to lose a little money than your reputation . A timely resolution will appease your customer, hopefully.

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