Splits or AKA Checks are non continous splits in the ends of timber created by the timber drying as the seasoning routine and the ends being the lowest in moisture content as the wood seasons are most susceptible to spliting Cracking and Checks forming.
After reading about all the methods to repair Splits and Checks, I saw:
Bandsaw them out.
Epoxy and Inlay
Car body filler and toner.
I guess as with death and axes we all know Splits, Checks and Cracks dont get any smaller.
I wanted to use this slab of European Walnut for a project, its a bit manky but I know there are beautiful features lurking beneath the surface of it, and I could get it in one piece as opposed to the last glue up.
Requirements: overall dimensions of 450mm x 400mm min thickness approx 25 to 30mm
Have a look at my marking out, at the top right there is a chunk preventing me from moving up any further and there are six checks L to R at the opposite end, all but No 4 I can bandsaw out when I cut the radius so it presented the challenge to fix.
My first choice of repair was to bandsaw it out but I could not tilt the table to be able to follow the diagonal Split Check line in the slab with my bandsaw, and I was not risking coming from the opposite end so that fix was out.
So I thought I would make a close fitting insert from the off cut.
I used a panel saw to enlarge the check to a workable size and made the wedge, a bit of hollowing out of the centers and it fitted well.
A bit of dirgression I do not know whats the focus issue with my iphone camera, everything but the subject of interest is in focus, so bear with me please on my photo skills or lack of!
After the glue set I profiled the slab best I could with its existing shape
It was now I noticed check No 3 was a bit more obvious a bit annoying to say the least, so working away I tried to igore it.
After sanding I applied wood filler to the spots needing filling including rubbing some into check No3 I then applied sealing the slab, To my surprise it was not as noticable and the wedge is at the back of the base so its not too obvious
Here is a fit up shot of what its for
Its only just making the dimensions including the scallops in the sides.
So what are your thoughts will the crack repair method provide a satisfactory fix?
What the bases should really look like, this one is two pieces glued together.
An amazing transformation from gnarly old slab to the final product regardless of the split results
Acknowledgements: LLWW AKA degoose for the supply of the timber slab.
-- Regards Robert