|Forum topic by Vance||posted 10-23-2015 01:22 PM||670 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-23-2015 01:22 PM
Recently I posted photos of a white ash log that I was given and had a mill slice into 2” thick boards. This past week, the same guy gave me another and last night I had it cut the same way. The first log, I sealed all the ends as while there were some cracks, they weren’t that bad. This new log however has a couple pretty bad splits that i need to address, somehow.
So my question is this: is wood like metal in that with sheet metal, when you have a stress crack, the old rule of thumb is to drill a small hole at the end of the crack and then weld it up. This will prevent the crack from spreading further. Now obviously I can weld wood, but would drilling a hole, sealing everything up at that point and maybe clamping the two split pieces together to prevent the stress from continuing down the board?
Or, should just cut the board off at the end of the split and then seal all the ends, the one wide piece and the two narrow pieces?
This is some REALLY nice wood and I’d like to save as much, in as big of pieces as I can. I’ve included a photo of the board in question, front and back to illustrate my issue.