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Forum topic by LaPala posted 01-15-2013 09:30 AM 1091 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LaPala

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01-15-2013 09:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question angsana milling rustic

From an urban Angsana tree, I chainsaw milled these 3” thick slaps. The plan is to make them into a matching pair of rustic garden bench as I like the natural curve of the slaps. However, a piece (second from left, pic below) developed a long check almost immediately after it’s is milled out. Ends are already sealed with a few coats of paint. This piece of log came from an upper limp, so I guess it is one of those reaction wood that would move and shift after it is milled. Weirdly, the matching piece did not develop any checks at all.

Is there anyway I can prevent the check from developing further as it dries?
OR can the check be forced back together, then lock it with butterfly joint and be dried like that?

-- Make love with wood.


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#1 posted 01-15-2013 11:33 PM

One more question…
Should I rough plane the chainsaw milled slap first or wait till they are dry enough?

-- Make love with wood.

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 12:08 AM

Put a butterfly insert or two in the check. You could rough plane them but there is no real need to until they are dry.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 01:07 AM

Thanks Bondo. Do you think clamping and forcing the check to close before putting in the butterfly is a good idea?

-- Make love with wood.

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 01:32 AM

Drill a hole in the end of the check, you’ll have to fill it later but just like a windshield it can stop the crack from spreading, though not every time. Could also try clamping it and as the piece dries make sure you tighten the clamp.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 01:33 AM

No I wouldn’t try to close it up. You might cause another split somewhere else. Look at how david38 did this project. These things look great when you don’t try to hide them.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 08:33 AM

Thanks guys… here’s the plan from all your advice:
  1. Rough plane the slaps.
  2. Cut a butterfly at the end of the check to prevent the check from developing more (will this work like drilling a hole?)
  3. Clamp and then install a second butterfly further up and let it dry.
  4. Try for a more matching butterfly from the same wood. Prefer the butterfly to be less eye catching.
  5. Making it an Arc-Butterfly (will this work as well for force distribution?)

    Sounds good enough?

-- Make love with wood.

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