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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 10-14-2015 09:38 PM 741 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2015 09:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cocobolo checking crack

Bought this 2×6x6 cocobolo blank at Woodcraft for a price too good to pass up for some plane totes and/or knobs. The entire thing was waxed and I asked the store manager the best way to handle it. He said scrape off the wax except for the end grain and leave it for a while to see how it dries out, which made sense to me. So I scraped off the wax on the top and bottom and sides, left the wax on the end grain and put it on a shelf for a couple weeks. Looked at it today for the first time since then and I see two big cracks along the face of one side, about half an inch deep.

I’ve got Hot Stuff thin CA Glue, which is great and will fill in these cracks. But geez – I wasn’t expecting this, is it common with this wood? Will it get worse? Anything else to try to stop it?

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#1 posted 10-15-2015 02:26 AM

While wood is wood and will move, id be pissed.

That stuff is expensive. Cant offer any tips sorry.

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#2 posted 10-15-2015 02:34 AM

Got it for more than half off, so I wasn’t as pissed as I would be if I’d paid full price. But now I’ve checked the other side and there’s one crack the entire length as deep as the two in the photos, which I didn’t see, so I think I might be back at a fully-pissed-off level now.

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#3 posted 10-15-2015 03:30 AM

I’ve had just about the same experience with a short wax coverd billet of Ebony.It cracked a lot on the faces with the ends still sealed.But the cracks did close up.I really think it’s just a normal thing to expect from some exotic wood.They really take a very long time to dry.It up to us to take precautions to dry them sloooowly and your patience wil be rewarded.Be prepared to wait many years.

-- Aj

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#4 posted 10-15-2015 03:58 AM

egads – many years!

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