Wood movement from California to Florida

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02-29-2016 02:23 AM

My very first post!
I live in northern California central valley. My sister, who lives in florida, asked me to build and send her a small chest for a friend. What kind of changes in the wood should I take into consideration as far as swelling/shrinkage/warping?
I haven’t decided on much as far as design, I’m just pretty sure it’ll be pine, about 18” long and 10-12” deep. Pretty vague, I know. I just want to know what I should consider while designing/ building it.

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#1 posted 02-29-2016 02:36 AM

I think it can be built to take some swelling into account. You can make the bottom fit into a groove that allows for movement. If the lid sits on top instead of inside, a little movement won’t be a big deal. Of course the joke I thought of was that there would be major wood movement, about 2000 miles.

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