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Forum topic by Philip "Pip" Storm posted 694 days ago 691 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Philip "Pip" Storm

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694 days ago

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I am making my kitchen cabinet drawer fronts out of maple. The drawer fronts range from 10” to 34” in length and all are 7” wide. With the boards width, length, and the fact that they will be subject to a decent amount of moisture in the kitchen should I rip each board in half and rejoin to help with cup and warp or am I worrying to much? Not only that, with my work schedule, this project could take up to a month. Some of these freshly milled boards could be sitting around a couple weeks waiting for a finish.

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SuburbanDon

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#1 posted 694 days ago

I suppose more experienced members would ask how the wood was cut (quarter sawn etc). Assuming it was flat sawn, and if I wanted to be sure, I would rip them and rejoin them. If I had 16 drawers I might skip this steps. “I usually prefer better safe than sorry”

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CplSteel

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#2 posted 694 days ago

How thick? Big cabinet doors are raised panels to deal with movement. MDF or ply fronts with veneer can give a solid door look without the risk of movement. Otherwise, yeah, resaw and glue. Of course there is a risk of cracking with a resaw and glue if the wood moves too much.

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Philip "Pip" Storm

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#3 posted 693 days ago

Thanks for the input y’all. Yes it is flat sawn. These drawer fronts will be 3/4” thick and solid maple. Not paneled or veneered. I have 7 total. Two 16”, two 20”, two 30”, and one 34”. It’s the 30” and 34” that concern me. I wasn’t considering resawing. My band saw is not big enough to resaw 7+ inches. I guess if I do decide to rip and rejoin I should probably invest in a thin kerf so the grain will line back up as much as possible. Yes, no, maybe?

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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CplSteel

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#4 posted 693 days ago

Well if you orientate the grain so any expansion takes place along the 7” width then the length is largely irrelevant if the grain is straight enough. If you won’t do a veneer then resaw and glue then let it rest a week. Hopefully it will settle without too much cupping Good luck.

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fussy

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#5 posted 693 days ago

Pip,

According to Bob Lang, you worry too much. If the wood was properly dried you should have no problem. Sitting around waiting for a finish won’t have any effect, nor will having a finish help. Studies have shown that the only finish that retards moisture movement in wood after 6 weeks is house paint. Well dried wood should be stable for life. Wide boards were the signature of fine wood working back in the 17th and 18th centuries and they didn’t have too much problem.

Besides, the length will have minimal effect. Boards cup across the width and yours are only 7” wide. Nothing to worry about. As to twist or warp, they would have done that most likely coming off the saw or shortly after. If they haven’t, they won’t. Ripping and resawing wouldn’t effect warp or twist anyway, just cupping, which at 7” is not a real threat.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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knotscott

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#6 posted 693 days ago

I wouldn’t hesitate to use 7” widths unless you think they’d look better if you mated certain grain patterns….

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 693 days ago

I, too, would not worry about 7” wide drawer fronts. If they were much wider I would likely rip and reglue….but 7” isn’t that wide.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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WDHLT15

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#8 posted 693 days ago

I agree about not ripping and re-gluing if they are not already cupped. If they are not already cupped, then they are not likely to cup unless you put them in an environment where the temperature and humidity are at an extreme difference. Also, once you get them milled to final dimension, do not lay them down flat or stack them flat. Air need to circulate on all sides of the board, and that will go a long way toward keeping things stable.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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Philip "Pip" Storm

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#9 posted 693 days ago

Thank you all. I feel more confident about moving forward without re-gluing. Hey Steve, what part of KY? I’m in West Daviess County/ North Mclean-ish.

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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fussy

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#10 posted 692 days ago

Pip,

I’m in Berea, Madison county. Exits 76, 77, or 83 from I-75. I was going to tell you to destress and watch UK whup on U of L this weekend. Daviess County isn’t that far away. Good to hear from you.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 692 days ago

If these are false drawer fronts and if you are screwing these drawer front’s on then just make the screw holes elongated to allow for wood movement. Wood still takes on moisture even if it has been dried properly.
Thus the term Hygroscopic http://www.swst.org/teach/teach2/properties2.pdf

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