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03-02-2015 07:00 PM

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What would cause an end-grain cutting board to split like this?

-- Glen

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#1 posted 03-02-2015 07:04 PM

Moisture change, drying or impact, drop or wife hitting you over the head. LOL!

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#2 posted 03-02-2015 07:07 PM

Does look dry but… If it wasn’t dropped I would not have expected that. A little glue and some clamping and would just call it a character builder… Nice board :)

-- Dan

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 07:17 PM

Because of the way the blocks are staggered it is possible (not likely) that you are getting added lateral stresses. It’s not likely because the blocks are so thin. Since you interrupt the boards with jonts perpendicular to the check, it’s unlikely that it is swelling/shrinking. Are you putting this in the dishwasher? If you are that could be it, that’s an extreme enviroment for wood and causes all manner of problems. If not, I think someone dropped it on you, maybe more than once.

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#4 posted 03-02-2015 07:26 PM

Does it have feet on the bottom? If not, I’m betting “SOMEbody” laid it on the counter and didn’t realize there was some moisture under it. Doesn’t take much, could have been as simple as laying it on a damp kitchen towel. Or perhaps it was washed and not dried FULLY. These boards will suck up moisture like crazy, and when they do ….CRRRRRRACK

I always tell people to dry them standing upright and not lying flat on the counter.

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#5 posted 03-03-2015 12:02 AM

I’m still picturing the hit over the head… >Andre

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#6 posted 03-03-2015 12:12 AM

It could have something to do with your clamping during glue up. If there were gaps between the boards and you forced then shot, lack of glue and stress would have that result.


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#7 posted 03-03-2015 02:48 AM

I suspect that the wood was not in equilibrium with the end use environment, continued to shrink, and the crack formed from stress relief.

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#8 posted 03-03-2015 02:50 AM

I’m thinking WDHLT15 is correct. A hairline crack can be any number of things but when it opens up like that, the wood is definitely moving.

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#9 posted 03-03-2015 03:07 AM

My guess it was left in the sink over night or put in the dishwasher.

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#10 posted 03-03-2015 04:55 AM

I’m with mr jinx,did you force the wood together with clamps during glue up?Over clamping to close gaps.
I’ve made lots of end grain hard maple boards.And i abuse the heck out the ones in my kitchen,With water and heat barely do I get a small split at the edges.

-- Aj

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#11 posted 03-03-2015 01:58 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. This one I made for my daughter. I will be making her a new one and I will pass all the comments to her, (and I will be sure not to over-clamp when I glue it together).

-- Glen

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#12 posted 03-03-2015 02:02 PM

Looks like you could rip it so as to remove the light section in the middle and glue it back together. Would change the nice design, but I think it would still be nice afterward.

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#13 posted 03-03-2015 02:16 PM

you have to make sure that all grain moves in somewhat the same direction and as others said, this clearly looks like some lines are fighting the other, and enough to cause a crack/split like gluing end grain to face grain, something has to give

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