Just the other day I had one of my customers registering a complaint about 2 pedestal mount cabinets that I had built for him last September that he intended to display his African safari trophies. His complaints were that the tops had distorted and warped considerably.
He has the cabinets downstairs in his basement near the furnace. With the extremely harsh cold winter, no doubt the humidity level within his house is very low and would cause shrinkage. The 2 units were built out of kiln dried hard maple with the tops measuring 24″ x 32″ and 24″ x24″ (see attached photo). I have made others in the past that have not had this issue. The tops are glued up panels cut to an octagon shape. The panels are retained with biscuits and standard wood glue.
I suggested for him to place the units near a humid source, but not sure if the tops will recover to the normal shape.
Any suggestions how this can be corrected short of making new tops?
Edited 1/20/2009 11:39 am ET by jorge9156