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Forum topic by HoarderBoarder posted 01-20-2015 05:37 PM 580 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2015 05:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry walnut maple joining

I’m making a few end grains butcher blocks for wedding presents, and am really worried about the blocks cracking from the movement of the wood. They are being made and Colorado and being sent to Texas and New York, where the climate and humidity are very different.

Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

The butcher blocks are made from a combination of maple, cherry and walnut.

Thanks


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#1 posted 01-20-2015 06:24 PM

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 06:27 PM

As long as the grain is all going the same direction you’ll have no problem. It is when you try to add edge grain to an end grain board that expansion becomes a factor.

Remember, the board is going to be subjected to a lot of moisture from meat, vegetables and washing. As long as you coat it well with mineral oil or one of the other more expensive alternatives that are mostly mineral oil, you shouldn’t have much problem.

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 06:31 PM

Thanks Dallas, the advice is much appreciated

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