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Friday, May 3, 2013

Should You Be Building Fixed Cabinets or Better Yet, Building Furniture?

Condominium project
using plywood base material
mirrors will be attached to walls
© R. Mark Sink
Should You Be Building Fixed Cabinets or Better Yet, Building Furniture?

By R. Mark Sink

Many woodworking manufacturers provide warranties with their cabinets, however, those warranties are void if the controlled environment is not maintained. In other words, material such as that of composites which already use large amounts of chemicals in their manufacturing processes, are more subject to dimensional alterations, and if allowed to remain in an uncontrolled environment.

This is the same for wood products that are strictly original wood in relation to their moisture content. Movement occurs when material begins to bow, or twist in nature. Plywood[1] in 4 foot by 8 foot sheets will also, depending on the nature of the material and the environment, begin to bow as the moisture begins to evaporate out from the material, similarly as material beckons to retract in size. Warping greater than 1/4 inch in 8 feet should not be used. Although suppliers who purchase material across the U.S. will have those material delivered often on trucks with exposed beds to the environment. These materials must be stacked flat and remain in that state strapped if possible. However, this does not ensure the material will maintain its integrity. Often, when straps are removed, the truth is quickly revealed, and the stresses allowed.

Built in controlled
environment
© R. Mark Sink
Manufactures can only maintain a warranty if the environment is also maintained rightly so, environmental conditions vary widely over the U.S. and in places such as Florida which is both fairly dry in the winter causing material to rapidly retract, and extremely moist a major portion of the year causing expansion. Crossing over these changes in an exposed environment is not recommended.

A cabinet maker in Florida who builds cabinets outdoors, and later plans to install them inside a controlled environment must do so within a short window of time, say no more than 30 days while building the cabinets inside a controlled environment increases the chances that the material will acclimate to a condition that maintains the integrity of the construction. Cabinets can be built perfectly square, and later if the environment is not controlled, said cabinets may not even resemble original construction and abruptly change in nature.

Generally, the rapid manufacturing nature of the material used is a detriment to relying on its integrity. Having built cabinets for many years, and having done so in an extreme environment, this has always been a challenge, and requires the ability to work in a similar environment to the type of conditions that Florida homes maintain, that of constant reduction in temperature, and a fairly stable environment.

This certainly beckons the question of quality conditions over a longer span of time in relation to the nature of the material used, and how that has changed. The assumption that layering was stronger than solid wood began in the 19th Century, and has carried forward. This misconception is rather about the idea of the plane, as it would seem, to make trees flat adds to their susceptibility to environmental impact. By structurally altering the idea, a sales tool is created. Originally, cabinets were made using joinery of material that was made in a manner where its integrity was most usable, and often made into rough planks which then can be planned smooth for use.

It may have also been thought that by using these new-fangled materials that it was less of a burden on the sustainibility of trees and their natural production, however, this is adding massive amounts of chemicals to not only our homes, but to the overall environment. This requires even more chemicals to maintain the homes from termites who love plywood and prefer this layering theology. Some prevention can be maintained using plywood material by completely encapsulating the material with various sealers which create a boundary from the environment. although, if these sealers are placed over material that has not had time to acclimate to an environment that will remain within a window of exposure, the likelihood of movement is increased.

Standard practice is to bring plywood material into a controlled environment while cutting, and maintaining storage of new cabinets within this same type of environment where installation will occur.

America's Idea of Fixed Value

In the home market of America, it is assumed that homes are valued (appraised) on their true nature, but I would recommend some critical thinking is required. When cabinetry is thought attached to a home, it is also thought to increase its value, however, this may be more illusion. An example would be the fact that storage is the actual function, and that this storage is also part of the perception of value that is created. Again, value is made subjective for the same reasons as dimensional alterations are going from one environment to the next.

The idea of the wardrobe transforms
to becomes the entertainment center
© R. Mark Sink
The fixing of value is moving, and we generally may not realize these simple truths. Real value is determined by a community that nurtures sustainability as the necessary storage. All other types of storage are aesthetic which transform value in an area where none exists. It is literally just a "sense of perception," alone that may drive decision making.

Our abilities to enjoy art around us are clouded by the creations which alter perception and often remove our ability to think clearly about our real environment, and our earth conscious demeanor.

The idea of storage may have begun with the concept of the wardrobe[2], which in essence is both carrying ideas of the clothes closet, and the cabinet itself, which originally was a stand-alone product, not necessarily attached to a home or wall, but completely capable of integration.

Capable of integration does not necessarily make it so, but it does prove analogical to the "sense of perception," mentioned above. And, it would now seem to be far from aesthetic, rather critical to remain in art form, such as euthenics, where it is perceived that control of the environment is maintainable.

Our living conditions are certainly critical, and today exposure to unnatural contamination, reduction in the inertial frame of survival to fair and balanced human function, and the continued use of force that pervades the consumption of more and more goods that are fixed by illusion, does not maintain a sustainable environment. We are promoting the idea that an alternative environment can be created without integration with our mother earth.

Historically, goods were formed by reverting the wardrobe into a commode[3] described in the 18th Century. This is taking the idea of the wardrobe and building a base for it, which in itself allows easier movement of the commodity. It is thought that the relationship between the base and the above section is called "common." This may have more to do with permeation and mutation which rests upon the minister.

The idea of the commode is still workable today and highly recommended as this is basically furniture that can remain attached to the owner rather than the fabrication of permission and the mocking of horticulture that has generally resulted in unsuitability.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plywood#History

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wardrobe

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commode

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