Green wood for drawers #2: Green wood drawers two weeks

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Blog entry by jwmalone posted 09-23-2016 08:24 PM 1283 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well guys its been two weeks. No warping or splitting. Its still square, if it has shrank any its less than a 32nd, The mc is about 9%. I’m almost caught up so hope fully make the green flat sawn this weekend.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#1 posted 09-23-2016 09:30 PM

I wouldn’t call 15% exactly ‘green’ but your testing is quite informative, thanks!

I use air dried apricot for a lot of things and early on the MC was still quite high. It would shrink a bit after milling, but it would not warp (flat sawn). Not so with oak, lots of problems warping if it was not to final MC (quarter sawn was much better, but not perfect). I’m interested in seeing how your oak wood keeps up (seems excellent so far).

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#2 posted 09-23-2016 09:47 PM

Thanks splinter, I was hoping some one else who had experimented would post some of their experience. I called it green because 15 mc is considered to wet for anything other than construction.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#3 posted 09-24-2016 09:06 PM

Hey JW,
I don’t think you are going to have a Problem with this drawer (Draw for the Southerners here) :) ...

The problems happen when the drawer bottom is installed with the grain running front to back, as the humidity changes during the year, the drawer bottom will expand and contract causing pressure on the sides and pulling apart the joints … there are two answers to this problem … One) place the grain going side to side, and do not affix the back edge, allowing the wood to expand to the back of the drawer . ... and Two) The modern way … Use plywood for the drawer bottom. ...

I agree with splintergroup 15% is not a truly “Green” wood.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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