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Forum topic by Primitiques posted 03-13-2009 03:46 AM 1512 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2009 03:46 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 03-16-2009 02:01 AM

I don’t really follow what you are saying. Are you gluing edges, cross grain or something?

Are you allowing the wood to acclimate to your shop some before you begin working it

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#2 posted 03-16-2009 02:27 AM

exactly what is a “standard grade”?

I love reading questions I cant answer!

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#3 posted 04-28-2009 03:29 AM

I,v had a bit of experience with drying lumber. Are you buying green lumber to start with?. furniture grade I would take down to 6% before maching it that was fairly safe but all endgrain should be sealed because that is where the moisture comes in,the cells of the wood are alligned that way. hope this helps. jim

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#4 posted 05-10-2009 01:29 AM

I used to own a factory and we made unfinished furniture and shipped it all over the place. Built in south Alabama, very humid, and shiped to places like arizona with virtually no moisture in the air. Eastern white pine and Oak.
Splitting was a problem, but we found that if we treated the ends with something like Thompsons Water Seal, the majority of the problems went away. Used prior to final sanding. Worked well on our finished furniture as well.
You might try this and see if it works for you.

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#5 posted 05-15-2009 04:16 AM

can ya show us a picture?

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#6 posted 05-15-2009 04:49 AM

I would appreciate some pictures of the carcus and the construction techniques. Are their any cross grain glueing. Pleaqse show us.

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