Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Pennsylvania Wilds. You cant get here from there.
Panel shrinkage / preconditioning
Holyfeld: The moisture content of the stock you are cutting is an important factor. I would suggest bringing the wood into your shop and running a dehumidifier for about a week before beginning construction. Try to reduce the moisture content to the lowest percentage your cabinets will see when installed. I'll try to attach a picture file to illustrate improper drying of stock before construction and finishing. Of course, the fact that this house is heated with Geo-thermal heat didn't help either. Convinced the owner (son) to install a humidifier on the system and keep the RH at about 50% helps immensely in controlling shrinkage in the winter. A zero outdoor temperature can easily push the RH below 10% indoors and shrinking every stick of wood in the place over time. As others have mentioned the shrinkage "With the grain" is less than "Across the grain" so the inset panels will shrink in the horizontal dimension more than in the vertical direction. Can't download pic. See Kuh's Pictures.
Last edited by Kuh Shise; 01-29-2013 at 12:09 PM.