In providing numerous raised panels on the interior of a residence, I'm hearing more complaints of a panel continuing to move, shrink, expand, whatever. Not sure what it is doing.
This was the only panel where the panel itself had to be made from laminated wood instead of a 4x8 sheet of ....melamine????? (don't remember) because it was larger that 4' both ways.
It continues to (looks like) stretch the caulking/paint only on the horizontal connections. (Where the panel fits into the groove in stile/rail.) The grain runs horizontal on the laminated panel.
No visible separation where the stiles meet the rails. (Joints are not broke)
We have cleaned it up and refinished twice in the last 9 months, just to have it happen again.
We did not "overly" attach the panel to the new 2x4 16" o.c. above prefab fireplace gypsum wall. Just 4 pilot holed screw attachments.
I wonder if attaching it tighter might solve this problem.
My thoughts are: that it will eventually stop shrinking and all will be well, but the HO is asking; should I clean it all up and leave the crack/gap and let it float?(stretch/shrink)
Seems like a lot of work to make something look "Rough/unfinished".
Btw, the species' used, was Maple from Arkansas.
I wonder if the Painting hanging on the panel could have any effect?