Wood is a living, breathing material, and as a result it moves. Learning why and where it moves will help you become a better furniture maker. In this article, Christian Becksvoort demystifies wood movement and details different construction methods that allow for movement over the life of a piece, including frame-and-panel construction, breadboard ends, and mortise-and-tenon joinery. He describes trouble points in multiple furniture projects and tells you how to tackle issues in each. Tips for fitting doors and doors, attaching headboards, and applying molding are explained.

From Fine Woodworking #165