Wood failure

by Gloria
(Attica, IN)

Q:
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.

A:
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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