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Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinet Door: Will it Swell and Shrink?

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    LESLIE: Now we’ve got Marie calling in to The Money Pit with a cabinet question. How can we help you today?

    MARIE: I’m in a dilemma over kitchen cabinets. I really like this fairly contemporary look but it’s a slab. We’re at – we’re on the salt water and I’ve been told to maybe stay away from a slab cabinet door because of the way it expands and shrinks. What’s your opinion on that or your advice?

    LESLIE: When you say “slab,” are you talking about a full overlay?

    MARIE: No, it’s an actual slab. I don’t think it’s an overlay or veneer at all.

    TOM: I think you mean a solid-wood door, one-piece wood door as opposed to one that’s made up of panels, like a raised-panel door?

    MARIE: Yes, it’s not a raised panel but you can actually see the pieces of wood – well, I guess they’re glued together. But there’s no raised panels or anything on it.

    TOM: Yeah, it’s a solid piece of wood. It’s a laminated door, basically. Solid pieces of wood glued together.

    I don’t know. I mean if the door is made right and the wood is dried when it was built and it’s sealed properly, I don’t think it’s more or less likely to swell than a raised-panel door would be.

    MARIE: You know, that makes total sense the way you put it that way. Why wouldn’t they dry it out first and then seal it properly?

    TOM: Right.

    MARIE: Huh. I never even thought about it in that context.

    LESLIE: The boxes themselves that the cabinets are – the cabinet box is going to be constructed out of a wood-laminated ply so – or something that’s more structurally stable. And I don’t think you have to be concerned about the door.

    MARIE: Hmm, I think, looking at it from that point of view, maybe I won’t be. I’ve had people tell me that they’re just going to get all warped and – but why would they? If they’re – if it is, like you said, a reliable cabinet maker – I guess that would be the question.

    TOM: Right. Exactly. A good-quality cabinet should be dimensionally stable.

    MARIE: I agree with you. Ah, I found a beautiful door and I think I might go for it then. Thank you very much. Appreciate it.

    TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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