Wood moves. Ignore it and the wood will split! Learn why and how to avoid it

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Blog entry by WoodshopTherapy posted 05-01-2021 01:16 PM 651 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet was repaired by someone who didn’t understand that wood moves. Yes, it moves. The general rule of thumb is that for every 12”, expect 1/4” of wood movement between summer and winter. There are technical ways to determine wood movement for your specific project using a wood movement calculator.

In this video, I explain wood movement, show what happens when you ignore it, and how to repair a split cabinet.

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-- Scott Bennett - sharing woodworking knowledge

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#1 posted 05-06-2021 10:11 AM

Hi Scott. This is yet another fine video you have produced. Early in my woodworking journey I built a bedroom set for my first child. I glued the top of the dresser around its entire perimeter! You know what happened…nasty crack along the whole length. Fast forward to last year and my daughter wanted her daughter to have the dresser. I repaired the crack and reinstalled the top with wood movement taken into consideration. While each woodworker, and in your case, restorer has his/her own methods, I’m curious that you said to sand the glue residue from the crack. I would have expected you to scrape it off ala Tom Johnson. The obvious goal is to remove the old glue so the new will adhere properly so the method is not as important as the end result but I am still curious why you sand versus scrape?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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