|Forum topic by woundedpig||posted 06-09-2014 05:36 PM||1242 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-09-2014 05:36 PM
I would appreciate your thoughts and insights on a strategy to repair some linear cracks in a large door arch that goes above a quite large front door of a small, but beautiful chapel that our church community is building. The chapel is called a Daughter Shrine, of which there are 200 around the world, the original being in Schoenstatt, Germany. The chapel is only 600 sq ft but has many beautiful symbols and statues inside. The chapel is associated with a 100 year-old Catholic spritual movement known as Schoenstatt (“beautiful place” in German). By tradition, many of the objects inside are made in other countries, where there are more shrines and the craftsmen are familiar with the Shrine.
I’m only a hobbyist, with more experience building fences, barns, pole sheds, and chicken coops than fine furniture, but it looks like the wood used in the arch is mostly flat or plain grained, which can shrink as much as 8 %, right? Plus, the band of wood enclosing the arch may be keeping the wood from expanding/contracting without generating strain. Perhaps the wood had not equilibrated in terms of humidity before construction/shipping.
We have 100 days till the Shrine is dedicated, with visitors from around the world. How would you go about dealing with this damage, and mitigating against the risk of the cracks recurring?
-- David, Austin, Texas