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Forum topic by SnowyRiver posted 03-25-2009 12:56 AM 905 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2009 12:56 AM

I have some chestnut lumber that I would like to use for a chest. The wood is in 4/4 stock eight and ten foot lengths. It is in pretty good shape, but occasionally when I cut a length of it, plane and join it I end up with checks at the ends of some of the boards. Although I have cut the lengths a bit longer than needed and can cut off some of the checking, I was wondering if its possible to inject glue in the end checks and clamp it to close the cracks. Is this done with lumber like this? I havent used reclaimed lumber before. I love the look of it, but I am afraid I will run out of it if I dont repair some of the checking.


-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 03-26-2009 11:09 PM

Sorry to hear your bad luck with the checking… I am afraid I have bad news for you, there is nothing you can do against checking… at least not that I know of, (so does not mean there is not somebody else with a solution) but in my expierience that wood is only good for grilling over. too bad too, because chestnut is a grat wood for making stuff for outside. very durable.

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

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#2 posted 03-26-2009 11:54 PM

Thanks Waldshrat. I got lucky and was able to cut off the checks and ended up with enough good wood for the project so I should be in good shape. Once I planed, joined, and trimmed the wood it looks great.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 03-27-2009 01:22 AM

Snowy….... we use a lot of reclaimed wormy chestnt. When we mill it for frace frames, etc, if we have an end that is checked or spliiting, we use CA glue and clamp it together for a few minutes. It has worked for use to salvage a piece.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 03-27-2009 02:56 PM

Thanks Jerry. I will certainly keep your suggestion in mind. The wood I had wasnt too bad, but did have some end checks. I just hate to throw out old stuff like Chestnut.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 03-27-2009 06:18 PM

If during the final construction you find there is tendency for future spliting/cheking, reinforce it with butterfly key joint – it serves as a decorative as well.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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