Wood failure

by Gloria
(Attica, IN)

My husband and I have a small woodworking business. We recently made a small buffet with a face front. It holds my cookbooks and small items. It made a large pop and the face front showed a small amount of the frame work had broken loose from the front.

The wood was dried to 6 percent. What do you think the problem is? We have made custom furniture for over 20 years and never had this happen. It is out of red oak.

It's hard to say. The first thing I thought of was that something was glued across the grain, so when the wood tried to move it couldn't so it popped.

Do you have a photo you could send? It might help diagnose the problem.

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