|Project by rotorwash||posted 01-24-2011 06:43 AM||1375 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
So I wanted to do an experiment to see how wood movement effects glue ups. I live in southern California and the weather is (for the most part) consistent all year round. However, I live in what is referred to as the high desert where we see triple digits in the summer and a couple of days of snow in the winter. I wondered if the weather in my area was drastic enough to see some good wood movement. I cut approximately 8 strips of cherry heart and sap wood and made a cutting board. On the ends I biscuited and glued a strip perpindicular to the grain of the body of the cutting board. I know this is a definite no-no, but like I said I wanted to see first hand how the joints would fail with wood movement. I added a curve to the ends, finger holds and feet. That was about 3-4 years ago now. The cutting board gets regular use (you should be able to see some knife marks on the top). I periodicaly (once a year maybe) give it a light sanding and do give it a drink of mineral oil / bees wax blend every month or so. To this date I have seen no signs of any joint failing. There is no cracking and the joints are still invisiable to the eye and touch. If anyone could comment on the why this is I would appreciate it. I have made a few others with the same basic design but with the more traditional way to attach a bread board edge.
-- Jon, California