3 Ways to Minimize the Effects of Wood Movement

Have you ever completed a perfect piece, only to see it change with the weather? I got an email the other day from someone asking why the lid warped on a box he had made. It is a common problem and it has to do with wood movement.

grain direction in woodPhotos via wooden-box-maker.com

Wood swells when it is exposed to moisture, and it shrinks when it dries. Unfortunately, buying kiln-dried wood isn’t enough. You start with drier wood, but that wood will still shrink and expand with the weather. I live in the Northeast. We have dry winters and humid summers so I see a lot of wood movement over the year. I can’t do anything about the weather, but I can make boxes with that movement in mind.

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