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Posted on Needs tips for making/inserting structural butterfly keys

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 03:48 AM

The crack will stop on it’s own once it reaches the center. I wouldn’t try to stop it or other cracks will form somewhere else. You can’t really prevent it. It occurs because wood shrinkage in the tangential direction is roughly double the shrinkage in the radial direction. I’d wait until it is dry before butterflying it.

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