Wood Species #1: Why your drawer sometimes sticks

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Blog entry by CalOrgill posted 06-24-2017 06:40 PM 870 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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When I was in high school I build a night stand that had wood drawer guides. The drawer box almost touched the face frame. Well that summer I went to go open my new drawer that I bought that school year.. and it didn’t open.

I always kinda wondered about that but now I have an answer. It’s because it expanded because of moisture.

Conversely, when dry wood is exposed to water (like being outside or in a damp basement), it can “drink” up the water and re-expand.
So moisture (or lack there of) can make a piece of wood (or furniture) get bigger of smaller.

Moisture also can affect the well being of the wood. We’ve all seen rotted and rain damaged wood.

What about if you seal the wood? does that work? Nope Bob Flaxner said it happens even when the wood is Sealed.

The best way to solve this problem is by letting the wood Dry. This is a good guide to show how moister affects each species of wood.

Thanks for reading. This is my first blog here so let me know how I did.

-- Cal

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#1 posted 06-25-2017 02:46 PM

OK, well I took the bait and read the article. I question some of the numbers, but that’s no big deal — the average reader will soak it right up (pun intended). Given that it’s a custom furniture outfit that seems to be trying to get off the ground, I think it would be valuable to expand that discussion of wood movement to include ways that the company constructs its furniture to compensate for that movement. It would give potential customers some confidence that the items they purchase will still be solid years from now.

Also, unless your targeted customer demographic is millennials, I’d drop some of the attempts at wit. It detracts from the air of professionalism you (they) should be trying to convey.

P.S. It’s Flexner, not Flaxner.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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