|Forum topic by tealetm||posted 01-09-2017 03:42 PM||860 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
01-09-2017 03:42 PM
A few months ago I posted a finished project of a chessboard that I made for a Christmas gift. I was happy with how the board came out- admittedly there were some first time errors (mostly sloppy joinery) but it was a nice board to give to my sister. So the board sat for two months inside my house until Christmas time. Come time to wrap it, I was disappointing with what I found.
The entire board setup twisted. Two opposing corners sit about 1/8” higher than the other two, creating a twist in the frame/top and making the drawers very tight.
Now this is obviously a moisture problem but I can’t pinpoint where i went wrong. The frame is cherry, which was dry (less than 8% when I bought it in rough cut form). It sat in my barn for nearly a year until I made this project (had been sitting in a dry location for a few years prior to that). I’ve used this same cherry on numerous other projects (including approximately 50sft of countertops in the same house) with no problems. The top is wenge and maple.
I can’t figure out what pieces twisted, as no joints have opened up and nothing has actually split. These photos are pre-twist.
The “runners” on the bottom of the board were added to hide a few screw holes which were off center an looked poor.
I’m asking for some help here- can anyone help and spend a minute to look through the assembly and find any errors in construction, design or materials to help me on the next one? The top of the board had this overthought doweling method for assembling the squares. This tedious and less than perfect process was supposedly done to eliminate the top of the board from breaking with varying moisture levels. The top was screwed onto three runners going parallel with the drawer slides.
I’m going to open up the wood drawer sliders a bit to make them operate again, and somehow I’ll level out the bottom to get rid of the rocking- maybe somehow taking off the runners and just adding felt pads.
Thanks for your help!