Stable Wood for Cabinet Construction
I hope to replace all my slab kitchen cabinet doors with shop built shaker style doors this year. I've the tools, the experience, and the knowledge. However, in my many, many years of woodworking I've never been able to figure out how to guarantee stable solid wood components.
A recent acquisition at the home center is a good example: I selected the absolute best piece of 1x8x 8' poplar that was in the rack. It was straight as an arrow and flat as a pancake. I brought it home about 45 days ago, and stored in my wood shop, which is in a separate building. When I am using the shop --- which is most days --- it is heated or air conditioned for about six hours of 24.
Yesterday, I pulled the piece from the stack to begin layout for a project, and the thing had a length long twist and some slight cupping. This drives me crazy!
There's no way I would spend the time and money to do all the cabinet door work unless I was able to MUCH IMPROVE the way I select stock. What do I need to do?