I am planning to renovate my bathroom. I live in NYC and have a very
small bathroom so I want to optimize my space. Let me explain my
layout then get to the woodworking question. On one wall is (from
left to right) a radiator, vanity, and toilet. On the opposite wall
is the tub/shower. I want to build a vanity that encloses the
radiator (on top, but leave the front vented). There would maybe be a
drawer over the radiator, a door in the middle and two drawers on the
other end. This would be topped with a granite top or something to
that effect. This would allow about 8-10 inches more space on the
sinktop. I will have an access for the valve, and I think foam
insulation around the enclosure. I plan to use maple. Is it a good
idea to enclose the radiator or should I worry about warping? Any
suggestions are encouraged.
Offered for ideas: http://www.delorie.com/wood/projects/vanity /
You expect granite to warp? ;-)
Otherwise, one general comment - finish both sides of any given piece
of wood equally; don't poly one side and leave the other side raw, for
Also, quarter sawn wood might be a good idea.
Wood warps because of uneven absorption of water, mostly. Heat can
dry wood, and thus cause warping, for example. Growth rings near the
center of the tree absorb water and/or change size thereof at a
different rate than growth rings near the bark, so flat sawn wood will
tend to cup when exposed to humidity changes, because the wood on one
side is closer to the bark than the wood on the other side.
Quarter sawn wood is different; the two faces of the wood are
equidistant from the bark (one edge is closer than the other edge, but
cupping in this direction is ignorable), so the size changes are more
equal on both sides, given the same humidity changes, than flat sawn,
resulting in less cupping.
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