|Project by toddbeaulieu||posted 11-23-2015 08:17 PM||3764 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
This was made custom for a friend looking to replace his kitchen island just days from Thanksgiving Day. I had a stack of spalted maple sitting in my redneck yard for the past two years with a tattered tarp over it. My selection of 8/4 was very limited so I had to be extremely careful milling it. Because of the rush I had no time to let the wood acclimate and was just praying for it to cooperate. Well it did. Mostly.
Several cracks appeared on the top after about 12 hours that I filled with black super glue. I did the same with some checking and it came out quite nice.
The panic mode came up on me fast and furiously. While sanding the end I started hearing cracks and to my horror could watch the ends suddenly checking. Within five minutes, while I was furiously working through the grits some 20+ hairline cracks opened up! I quickly wiped some finish on the ends (arm-r-seal) and the cracking immediately stopped. Wow that was scary! The top cupped by maybe 1/32 or so. Not too bad and I kept it clamped down as much as possible, while turning it over to let each face breath and dry at the same rate.
Now I want an island for my kitchen. I’m thinking of trying something different, like end grain walnut.