I'm rebuilding/refinishing a maple hutch and there are several
crossgrain situations. The bottom half of the hutch is several inches
deeper than the top half. The bottom had a couple of tongue and
groove dust frames to which the solid panel sides and top were
screwed. Those frames failed.
The top section the sides are glass in cope and stick panels and again
those are screwed directly to the solid wood bottom. The length of
the cross grain section is about 9", compared to about 14" in the
bottom, and nothing has failed there.
Obviously I'll be reworking the bottom half. But if the top half
hasn't failed after 30 years or so should I bother messing with it?
The screws are in at an angle, which if I'm off with I'm going to
punch through either the inside or outside of the sides (both are
visibile) and the screws are flat head so it's not a simple matter of
elongating the holes in the bottom, otherwise I'd have it done in less
time than it took to write this.