|Forum topic by Kent||posted 02-06-2010 03:59 PM||1045 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
02-06-2010 03:59 PM
Hello my sawdust-making friends:
I have made several endgrain cutting boards lately and am now making a chess board for my friend. I have run into the problem of boards cracking when I make a board with a boarder. I understand why this will occur when you have an endgrain cutting board and you then apply a boarder to it using long grain. I used biscuits on one of these and I got a big 1/8” crack 2 months later across one of the corners .
On another cutting board I made with cherry, which was not end grain, also cracked when I put a purpleheart boarder around it. This board was extra big at about 24 inches long and 18 inches wide. It cracked down the middle of a strip of cherry, not at a joint.
In both of these boards that cracked I used purple heart for the boarder.
None of the 10 other boards that I made without boarders cracked.
Here are my questions:
1) What is causing the cracks? Is it the purple heart?