I recently renovated our kitchen and it included the purchase of a
laminated hardwood slab that I needed to make into an L shape with one
side around 20" wide and the other section 14".
I kept thinking I would like to miter this and glue the joint together,
perhaps with biscuits, some type of fastener across the bottom to keep
the miter together.
My point is this, I am well aware of the effects of wood swelling and
shrinking. What I do not understand is why do we go into some kind of
denial thinking it won't happen to me, at least not this time.
Fortunately a friend of mine who is a trained cabinetmaker was over just
before I was going to cut the miter. He said keep the grain running in
the same direction and just do a butt joint. He then told me he did
something similar when he renovated his own kitchen a few years ago and
in denial decided to do a miter. Surprise surprise, it split open after
less than a year.
Are we the only ones who go into this temporary denial, continue to try
to beat mother nature only to find out the laws of physics remain