I need to make a piece of furniture in solid beech wood, with with the whole carcass around 1500mm long x 900mm high x 400mm wide, but it will not have any joinery.
Instead, I have been asked to use 4 screws on the top and bottom, to attach to the edges of the sides of the cabinet.
The screws will be visible, from the outside, on the top and bottom.
I confess that I am not used to making solid wood furniture with screws, so I am afraid that the screws will not allow the expansion and contraction of the wood.
In principle the wood should not contract any more than it already is, because it has about 6% moisture content.
What is your opinion?
Will the screws leave some room to accommodate wood movement?
At 400mm wide I don’t think movement will be too much of a problem buy you could slightly elongate the screw holes in the direction of expansion as long as the screw heads cover the slot. I made a coffee table a couple of years ago with slotted breadboard ends and across about 700mm it moves around 4mm winter to summer if that helps.