Preparing for Seasonal Movement
How devastating is it when you pour your heart out on a build just to get that horrible and embarrassing call from a client telling you it warped? Or maybe it warped before even leaving the shop, “Sorry Karen, your project is being rebuilt due to warpage”. Yup, we’ve all been there!
Every build, big or small should use these steps to prevent what every maker has nightmares over= MOVEMENT.
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- Use a Moisture Meter. Don’t waste your time using woods with a meter reading greater then 10-12%. Plain and simple.
- When joining boards, offset the grain pattern.
- Insert metal strips on the underside of the top. I route out the space and insert heavy duty C-Channal metal strips to reinforce the top. I cringe every time I have to do this but with larger builds, outdoor furniture or for peace of mind DO IT!
- Secure your top using Z-Clip fasteners. Hands down, this step is an absolute MUST. These fasteners allow slight movement rather then the wood fighting to move then possibly creating more damage.
- Stain/Paint and seal your finished product EVERYWHERE. Top and bottom, inside and out! Not only are you doing this to minimize any movement, offering a completely finished product to your client is key! No one is paying to see your dirty handprint under their new tabletop.
There you go! These are the steps I take to help prevent seasonal movement for my furniture. Don’t forget to always communicate with your clients about this and how if may affect their piece!