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Forum topic by BalsaWood posted 05-24-2017 05:52 PM 395 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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BalsaWood

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05-24-2017 05:52 PM

When building bookcase with a toekick (footer) or header, is it necessary to allow for movement? The toekick I am looking to put is about 4 inches wide and is solid wood.


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IndianaWoodworker

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#1 posted 05-24-2017 09:15 PM

I wouldn’t think it would be an issue. Wood movement, in general, becomes an issue when the wood is constrained. Since the toekick would presumably be against the floor, it wouldn’t really be constrained. Not to menion the fact that a four inch board is unlikely to expand or contract a significant amount, some species not withstanding.

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