Eastern White pine Splitting

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Forum topic by Primitiques posted 03-09-2009 03:37 AM 1097 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2009 03:37 AM

Hello all, I make furniture from Eastern White Pine (standard grade). Occasionally, my it may split on the sides when clamped and glued. I have began to tongue and groove the backs, which seems to be working, but how can I keep the sides from splitting, since they have to be clued together? Recently, I have been putting glue at the top and bottom of the pieces, basically rubbing glue on the top and bottom for about inches or so, hoping this will keep any splits from actually starting. Should I seal the intire piece once it is done, then paint it? I use milk-paint, then wax it with a stained beeswax I make, but I may have to seal it before I paint it, then paint it, and then wax it. I need help!!!!! I know predrilling the holes has helped stopped splits from occuring at the screw points, but now I need to stop splits on the ends. I do keep my wood in a basement area, which is pretty dry. Should I put some dehumidifiers down there maybe, or what?

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#1 posted 03-20-2009 05:48 PM

Hello Bill, ok I think I can help you out.

First the most important thing… wax although good at stopping moisture (to an extent) will not prevent your wood from moving when season changes occur or from basement storage to another room in the house. Getting a moisture meter where you store your wood, is a start.

Knowing the construction better might help me or others to help out where your wood is splitting. What kind are you building and what exactly do you mean by sides splitting? do you have any sketches or drawings you could post?


-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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