Help! My cabinets are cracking
Friday evening when I walked into the kitchen I heard a loud crack. I couldn't see anything but as I rounded the corner I saw a long crack on one of my bottom cabinet doors. Yesterday I heard another crack and I figured it was the same cabinet. Sure enough the crack that was about half the length of the cabinet was now a full length crack. Last evening when we had guests over (first time they saw my new cabinets) one of them pointed out several cracks in an end panel on our peninsula. This afternoon after church I saw another long crack on the microwave cabinet.
When the first crack happened I figured it was a fluke and we would have to have the door remade at our cost. However now that I found the cracks in the end panel and also on the microwave door I think that this is more than a fluke. I don't know much about wood but I figured that wood used for cabinets and furniture would be kiln dried to alleviate splitting. Yes it is very cold this year and I am sure the heat is on more than usual but I just can't believe that this is normal. We are about seven months post renovation. It just breaks my heart to see the damage to my cabinets. This has all occurred in less than a 48 hour period and I am living in fear of the rest of our cabinets splitting. This was an expensive reno and one that I looked forward to.
The questions I have are:
Is this normal?
If the wood is defective because of improper drying should this be our expense or the cabinet makers?
When we replace the cabinet fronts will this happen again?
How can we prevent this from happening yet again?
Is maple more prone to splitting than other woods?
I hope many of you will chime in with suggestions or any first hand knowledge of what is going on.