|Forum topic by leaf9900||posted 05-01-2016 09:29 PM||472 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
05-01-2016 09:29 PM
Hello, I’ve included pictures of a wood panel wall I’ve been working on. As you can see, I’m going for the flush look. Unfortunately, I didn’t start thinking about wood movement and moisture content until yesterday after finishing almost the whole wall. My question is, is it necessary to leave a space between each row to allow for expansion? I live in Florida. It is May so the humidity will climb in the next month or so. Then it will drop drastically in fall and winter. I leave the nearby window open 24-7, 365 and never use air conditioning or heat. So the room is not climate controlled. I’ve sealed the fronts of the boards. I’m thinking I should at least take the panels off, seal the backs and sides, put them back up and see what happens. I figured before doing this, I’d ask you all. I just started with woodworking and building my shop about 6 months ago so this is actually my first project that I’ve done not for my shop so I really don’t want to screw it up and I would like it to last for a long time.
The wood is southern yellow pine (the brown wood), old fence slats (white painted wood) and the smaller gray pieces are hardwoods from pallets. There’s about 2 longer panels of poplar. All the wood has been dried in a kiln and checked with a moisture meter. Each panel is a little less than 3/8 thick. I’ve had all the wood sitting in my shop for about 6 months so it’s acclimated. I’ve secured them with screws on some and nails on others. Would anyone recommend construction adhesive?
Thanks a lot for the advice!!