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Rex B

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 03:53 PM

I think you have some good ideas here for a fix, but I can add some insight as to why this may have happened. Most of the boards on the door are running horizontally, with the frame boards running vertically (aka perpendicular to each other). I’m sure you’ve read about the difference in wood shrinkage/expansion across the grain compared to with the grain.

It looks to me like the humidity was higher in the house, causing the boards to swell. When this happens there is more expansion across the width of the boards than along their length. So the horizontal boards of the front swelled more in the vertical direction than the frame boards did, causing the bow.

I hope this isn’t too confusing!

-- Rex

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