Thanks folks for all the help. A few answers to some of the questions
1. Wood being used is typically 5-7% moisture content. The wood is
seasoned in my garage for a few weeks.
Cut to rough dimension, sits another week or two, then I cut to final
2. Clamping pressure is pretty minimal meaning I don't crank the heck out
3. My joints are nice and even before glue up and after. In fact, some of
them, with the grain
orientation etc... you cannot even see.
I've obviously misused the term "Glue Creep" as these are pieces that have
on them in most cases. I suppose it's possible the moisture content might
swell the thickness
a bit but it just seems odd that none of the other furniture in the house
seems to have this
issue (not my construction). Using shellac as well, I wouldn't expect to
see moisture changes
at the joint although I may be wrong on that assessment. I suppose a more
accurate description is "Proud Joints".
I believe I'm jointing, gluing, clamping just like most folks so I guess my
question is now
becoming "Is this normal?".