|Forum topic by jsheaney||posted 1078 days ago||1747 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
1078 days ago
I posted a hall table project a year ago. I was particularly pleased with the way the top is attached using sliding dovetails as it allows for seasonal wood movement without any hardware. In fact, it seemed to work very well, as you can see from the pictures. In the winter, the dovetails poke out. In the summer they are withdrawn like the head of a turtle. Of course, it’s actually the top that is contracting and expanding.
Anyway, the ends, particularly one end, are checking. Checking doesn’t really describe it. It’s almost like shattering. I’ve included a picture.
You see there’s lots of checking going on. There’s lots of little splits that are less than an inch long that have appeared on the top and one that is more than an inch.
I’m at a loss as to what happened. The joinery is clearly doing its job. I probably had that wood in my shop for months before gluing up the top. Is Wenge prone to this sort of thing? Does anyone have any suggestions for fixing it?
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