Bentwood laminations and dry weather?

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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 08-17-2013 07:48 PM 771 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2013 07:48 PM

I was in a sort of big box furniture store, a month or so back, looking for a new bed, and the wife had to check out all the other furniture. Apparently bent wood arm rests are the in thing. The problem was EVERY one of them was cracking at the bends. I pointed it out to the folks selling them and they were on them like flies, then on the phone. We went about our business looking for the perfect mattress which of course we could not find there. On the way out I asked the manager, who was over seeing the removal of those chairs, if they figured out what was happening. According to the manufacturer it was the lack of humidity in our neck of the woods causing the cracking and bent wood lamination is not good in the desert. Armed with that info I have been doing some reading and cannot find anywhere that supports their claims. I know the dry climate can wreak havoc on somethings but can’t find any confirmation that a dry climate has adverse effects on bent wood furniture.

Since the rocking chair I was planning to build over the winter has some bent wood lamination in the rockers I am a little concerned. Granted the bends in those cracking arm rests were more drastic than my rockers will be.

Anyone have any experience with bent wood lamination in a desert climate? What are your thoughts?

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#1 posted 08-17-2013 08:01 PM

If you build in a dry climate, the work should hold up
in a similar climate. Some furniture from humid areas
like in Asia or Brazil will have problems in arid climates.
I’ve seen antiques from Europe split open in the
So. California climate. There’s nothing to do about it –
the splits will close up if the piece is moved to a
less dry climate.

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