I am making solid cherry (planed to 3/4") drawer fronts for my kitchen
cabinets (25 drawers in all). The heights will be 5, 8, 10, and 13
inches. For most of them I have wide enough boards to use a single
board; a few will be glue-ups.
The cabs are face frame, with full overlay fronts, but no horizontal
members other than the top and bottom rails. I had planned to leave
1/8" gap between the drawer fronts as they stack on top of each other.
how concerned do I need to be about the wider boards cupping? What can
I do to minimize the chance of that happenning. I read of someone who
would plane the lumber almost to final thickness, let it sit ahile to do
whatever movement it was going to do, then do the final planing
(although wouldn't you also need to face joint it again before planing
if it did cup?)
How much seasonal variation in width can I expect? In other words, is
1/8" enough gap, or will the fronts expand across the grain and swell
the gap shut? The house is in Greenville, SC. We use the AC in the
summer, but there is always some fall and spring time when we dont need
to heat or cool.
Can I screw thru the box into the cherry fronts in all four corners, or
will that cause problems if there is expansion.
Thanks for any advice or suggestions...