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Forum topic by Jabberwoky posted 01-07-2016 08:25 PM 790 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2016 08:25 PM

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Hi all. I’m looking for some advice on wood movement in a slab of monkey pod (Rain tree). A buddy of mine recently commissioned a slab table made of Monkey pod wood. Shortly after it was finished and shipped from Hawaii to Southern California a larger crack formed in the slab :(.

The creator was very apologetic and offered to make a replacement. He sent my friend some pictures of new slabs to choose from. My buddy came to me asking for help in selection. I told him what I know about wood movement, and %RH, but as I have never worked with this wood, or with slabs for that matter I didn’t feel qualified to give him a sound recommendation.

Can anyone recommendations as to how to avoid a second crack occurring this time around?

-- "If you aren't willing to take risk, you will spend your life working for someone who is."

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#1 posted 01-07-2016 08:49 PM

The fact that they are cookies and you are moving them thousands of miles to potentially different climates will mean there is no guaranteed answer. Cracking is very common in cross sectional wood. perhaps paint the faces with latex paint before shipping and then give it a good amount of time to acclimatize in CA before you remove the paint. Dunno.

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 09:00 PM

The Wood Database says it can have a total shrinkage of up to 6%. Hence your crack.

I don’t know of a way for you to prevent another crack when it is moving through so many climates and humidity changes, especially when it is cut as it is.
If the crack does not change in the next two-three months, it might be worth filling it with epoxy and refinishing the area.
Another slab doesn’t make much sense, the same thing could happen. And if the crack comes before or after the finishing – still a problem since you have a crack.

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#3 posted 01-11-2016 07:06 PM

The builder you are referring to builds furniture with lumber straight off the mill. doesn’t dry it properly whatever he sends will need to be dried first

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#4 posted 01-11-2016 08:08 PM

Thanks all for the advice. My buddy is going ahead and taking his chances on round two despite the warnings. I meanwhile will be keeping an eye on the existing crack to see if its worth offering to fix it. :D

-- "If you aren't willing to take risk, you will spend your life working for someone who is."

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