Gluing slats in place on (Wood Magazine) crib

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Forum topic by DBordello posted 05-31-2016 09:43 PM 774 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2016 09:43 PM

Hello All,

I am currently building the ever-so-popular, Wood Magazine crib:

I am replacing the side plywood panels with more slats, which is a popular modification.

The slats are placed in a groove, with inserts in between. The plans call for leaving the slats loose in the “mortise”. However, by removing the plywood panels, that leaves the crib with limited racking resistance.

Any thoughts/concerns for gluing the slats in place? As I tend to like to over design, I am tempted to do this in the front and back as well. However, I would hate to have problems with wood movement down the line. Fortunately, the slats (Walnut) run parallel to the grain, so I do not anticipate much movement.

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 09:53 PM

Too many people get over concerned about wood movement IMO. A; most homes have heat and A/C so there is not huge moisture swings anymore, plus most moisture intake is at the end grain and if that is sealed with finish, well ya know!! Go a head and do it.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 11:25 PM

Sounds good to me. I just wanted to get another opinion.

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 11:56 PM

Definitely no problem with wood movement, even if you took the crib from Louisiana to Arizona. The cross-grain surface area for each slat is really small and not cumulative. Glue away.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 05-31-2016 11:57 PM

Okay, stupid question. Why wouldn’t you glue them?

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#5 posted 06-01-2016 01:20 AM

I have built two of these. One to the exact directions and the second similar to what you are doing. I didn’t glue the side slats and is very sturdy. I wouldn’t glue them all as remember these will be stored when not in use. Those areas will most likely not be as controlled and you will see that expansion and contraction.

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