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Seasonal Movement, Then and Now

Don Stephan
Somewhere I once read that seasonal movement of wood in furniture was not as much of a problem before about 1900 because the houses were not airtight and the winter heat did not dry out the air like today. That I think was offered as the reason cross grain construction was not avoided as much, such as drawer runners glued across the vertical sides of chests, and the explanation for splits today in those antique chest and highboy sides.

Malarky?

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