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02-23-2018 04:52 AM

So I have a dilemma,

I just bought some 8/4 cherry to make a bedframe. Each board is 12ft 1 inch. which is perfect because the head board and foot board are 62 3/4 ” long and the side rails are 80 3/4”. So that means I can use 1 board to lay out 1 side rail and a couple pieces of the headboard (or footboard). So basically i can cut all pieces I need for the whole frame, feet included out of the 3 boards I bought.

Well after bringing them home I notices each board has 1 or 2 checks on each end about 1” – 3” long.

Normally you would cut that off and then some. Well if I do that, I would have to buy more material and I’m already $200 in from what I got and not looking to spend much more.

This bed frame is for myself, not for a client. I’m tempted to fill in the checks with epoxy or something and just work with what I got. Ill be using mortise and tenon as the jointery for the head board and foot board and will use hardware meant for bed frames to secure the side rails to the headboard and footboards.

Does anyone not recommend doing thistle?

BTW. When purchasing the cherry at my local lumber yard, I went thru the whole stack of 8/4 cherry (which they only stock at 12’) and I got the only 3 pieces that where not severely warped.

So I would have to wait for another shipmeant, if I decide to cut off the checks and buy another board.

Any pro’s and con’s would be appreciated.

Here is a picture of the end with the worst checks. Every other end is not nearly as bad.

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion


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#1 posted 02-23-2018 05:00 AM

You must have went to Petermans….
I would normally buy more to get what I need.

If you were going to use it, maybe see if you can use whatever checked pieces you have for the tenons.
At least they will be hidden in the mortises.

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#2 posted 02-23-2018 01:54 PM

I would band saw up the check, and glue in a piece of veneer , if the check is angled on the end, simply , set the band saw to the angle … it works pretty well

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#3 posted 02-23-2018 07:59 PM

I agree in trying to get most of the visible cracks in the tenons. But for any that are still visible I would consider using medium thick CA glue and fine sawdust to fill them. Collect some fine sawdust from the wood using a sander with a dust collection bag on it (my rotary and belt sanders both have this). Pack the cracks with the sawdust then add some thin CA glue followed immediately with the medium thick glue. The thin glue soaks the sawdust and draws in the thicker stuff. Keep adding the thick glue until the crack takes no more. When it cures sand smooth. The cracks should all but disappear. On the cracks that are in the tenons I would also add the thick CA glue. It will help prevent any further extension of the crack.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 02-23-2018 08:26 PM



You must have went to Petermans….
I would normally buy more to get what I need.

If you were going to use it, maybe see if you can use whatever checked pieces you have for the tenons.
At least they will be hidden in the mortises.

- jbay

Ya Petermans is the only hardwood dealer with a decent selection out here. I try to buy more also, but when going thru the whole stack I litterly got the only 3 boards that where not warped. Then I was measuring and roughing out all the pieces I need and got excited because I could layout everything I needed with the 3 boards. Then got home and noticed the cracks in the ends lol

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#5 posted 02-23-2018 08:29 PM


You must have went to Petermans….
I would normally buy more to get what I need.

If you were going to use it, maybe see if you can use whatever checked pieces you have for the tenons.
At least they will be hidden in the mortises.

- jbay

Ya Petermans is the only hardwood dealer with a decent selection out here. I try to buy more also, but when going thru the whole stack I litterly got the only 3 boards that where not warped. Then I was measuring and roughing out all the pieces I need and got excited because I could layout everything I needed with the 3 boards. Then got home and noticed the cracks in the ends lol

- trevor7428

Most of my material comes from Petermans. Rugby when I have to.
I always see units of beautiful lumber , but it’s never the species I’m after.

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