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Forum topic by surfin2 posted 10-28-2010 06:53 AM 2923 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2010 06:53 AM

A friend of mine got ahold of a 2’x5’ 1” 1/2 cutting board/butcher block top. He ask’d if I wanted a piece of it.
The piece he gave me was coming apart in the middle on one side, I glued it up, clamped it & everything seemed alright, it closed up. I let it sit there for acouple days after I took the clamps off, wondering what to do with it. When I looked it over it was coming apart in another spot. I glued & clamped it, every thing was allright I left it there for about 15 days wondering if it was even worth bothering with… Its coming apart in acouple other spots now… (Its 8 pc 1 1/2×1 1/2 maple) In the month that I’ve had it, I’ve glued it 3 times & its still coming apart in acouple other spots. (not where I glued it) Its doing it on one side only & its just a little hair line seperation… I just can’t figure out whats going on…

-- Rick

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 07:15 AM

It could be that it is saturated with oil, through years of use, and the type of glue that was originally used is failing.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 08:44 AM

This looks like it was more for show…
There’s no oil on it…
It looks like a thin coat of poly…

-- Rick

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 02:22 PM

Rick I have an old cutting board, the commercial variety that was doing the same thing after “someone”
left it in the sink overnight. I tried the slice the glue into the cracks with a pallett knife and clamp trick to no avail.
It’d just crack again. The final solution was to run it through the tablesaw with a thin kerf blade in, then reglue.
It’s still holding even though when I cut it apart I could see how far into the wood the oil and or fat had soaked. Oh, the glue I used was Tightbond two..three hadn’t arrived yet. Hope that’s a help.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 02:27 PM

A change in the humidity from it’s original locale to yours would cause this. Just from one house to another in the same area would be enough.
My suggestion would be to let it set in your house for a few weeks, until it has fully acclimatized, then re-glue all the places where it has separated.

Edit: Glen beat me to the punch. I was going to suggest sawing it apart as a last resort, if it was something you felt was worth the trouble.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 02:36 PM

The downside of Maple is: It does not stain well and it does not glue well. Only certain glues will adhere to the wood fibers in Maple. Going to be a lot of work, but dowels or biskets might be your solution. MY michigan maple butcher block was built with dovetail joints on all sides of each strip of wood. It measures 30”l. x 30”w.x 16” deep. It’s not seperating.

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