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#1 posted 03-29-2011 01:19 AM

what kind of finish did you use? if the wood isnt completely sealed, it is possible that the ends are expanding and contracting enough to crack the finish, particularaly the difference between expansion in soft and hard grain could cause this. can you tell if the wood is actually cracked, in the photos, all I can really see is the cracked finish. ive never worked with wenge, but ive seen this in a few projects that used air dried lumber rather than kiln dried, I suspect that the wenge may be air dried, or it may behave like this as a property of the species.

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