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I'm building a stand alone pantry( a big box) with two doors 16" x 80". Humidity in my shop is causing them to shrink and expand enough that the doors stick. My question is-once i have the doors sealed and finished will the effect of humidity be reduced and to what extent will it be reduced? Thanks for any help.
 

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We cannot give definite answer. Too many variables.

It is likely the shop is higher humidity than the eventual location. Assuming you apply the finish in the shop you are sealing in higher humidity at that time.

The finish is a seal, but not a moisture resistant barrier. It will reduce the moisture movement, but not eliminate. The wood will always attempt to get to moisture equilibrium with its surroundings.

The thickness of the finish will also affect the rate of moisture movement, but even a thick coats just slows it down, but not prevent the movement.

Odds are that if the doors stick in the shop, they should eventually not stick in the final location. However, if this were my project, I would want them to not stick even in the shop.
 

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More than likely the doors will shrink when you get them in a more climate controlled enviroment. If you have them mounted with European hinges there should be enough adjustment that you can keep up with the movement of the wood.
 

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I'm building a stand alone pantry( a big box) with two doors 16" x 80". Humidity in my shop is causing them to shrink and expand enough that the doors stick. My question is-once i have the doors sealed and finished will the effect of humidity be reduced and to what extent will it be reduced? Thanks for any help.
What kind of doors are they?




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