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Blanket Chest #2: ARGGGG!!!! crack split in glued up panel

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Blog entry by AaronK posted 1604 days ago 2855 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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so i had completely glued up the panel that is to become the top of the blanket chest I’m building, when all of a sudden i notice a MASSIVE crack in one of the boards right along the grain. It’s in the nicest piece too, with grain shifting towards quarter-sawn texture.

CRAP. I guess that’s one of the hazards with using reclaimed wood… stuff could have been abused in its previous incarnation.

anyway, I basically bent it until it snapped along the grain and am now in the middle of jointing the two edges and finding a suitable piece of lumber to glue up to one edge to get it back to the right width. how frustrating!



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#1 posted 1604 days ago

Sorry for your problem.
Such is the world of woodworkers, huh?
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-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#2 posted 1603 days ago

Think of the bright side – it could have waited until after you had varnished, etc.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 1603 days ago

Could have added a butterfly from Under, then put some inlay over the crack

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 1603 days ago

Next time, if the crack isn’t too large (1/8” or less), just mix some sawdust from the same kind of wood with clear epoxy and fill it in. When it’s dry, sand it down and you’ll barely notice.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#5 posted 1603 days ago

i thought about a butterfly only too late… but i’m also not familiar with the technique and would have to do a lot of learning first! the crack actually was really large – hairline, but all the way through the thickness and about 2’ (yes, feet) long.

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