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Forum topic by hunter82 posted 10-05-2009 08:38 PM 818 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hunter82

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10-05-2009 08:38 PM

Hey everyone. fairly new here but I have a question.
I am buiding a baby bed that has some of the same features as this one.

http://www.rhbabyandchild.com/rhbc/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod168003&navAction=jump&navCount=1

My question regards the headboard and footboard. Do I need to worry about widthwise wood movement on the large vertical panel. I am worried about attaching the horizontal pieces of wood to this and over time something begining to warp. Will glue and the horizontal boards prevent the panel from expanding and contracting or do I need to design it so that the horizontal pieces can move with the large panel.

Thanks for any help.


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 08:47 PM

Hey Hunter
You don’t glue the panels they are left to move freely in side the frame. You do leave some room in the frame for the wood movement .

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#2 posted 10-05-2009 10:54 PM

Hunter, Jim is right on this. You cannot stop wood movement along the width of the panel. Along its length wood expansion/contraction is almost negligilble but you have to make allowances for wood movement along its width. It is not nice to try and fool Mother Nature! :) If you do then the panel will give along the weakest joint and end up splitting.

One way around this is to build with plywood. Plywood does not expand/contract like solid wood so you would be ok in doing this but it would be better to allow at least 1/8” expansion room along the width of the panel.

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Kent Shepherd

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 11:50 PM

Scott, Jim is always right—-Hi Jim! I don’t have anything to add, but good luck with your bed.
I built one about 34 years ago when my daughter was born. Now my granddaughter sleeps in it.
It does have raised panel ends, and h

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#4 posted 10-07-2009 12:49 AM

Hey Kent were do I send the $$$$ for that, I was going to send a PM but the rest of the gang must have already guessed I bribed you to say that.LOL I think if there’s a contest for most complete and thoughtful comments Scott wins hands down. Thanks Kent

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#5 posted 10-07-2009 03:48 PM

Just noticed I lost the last part of the last sentence—It should say “and has held up well all these years”

And yes, Jim bribed me. I will do the same for everyone—-Must be cash in advance!

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