split glue up #1: Split glue up

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Blog entry by Windsorwood posted 03-30-2018 02:50 AM 583 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone. I am new to the site and wanted to ask a question. First of all is this where I do this or should I be elsewhere on the site? Anyway, I was making an end grain walnut cutting board and hours after the clamps were removed from final glue up the board split about three inches across from one edge. Sorry I dont have pictures as Ive already cut board in half. The wood was not kiln dried but air dried about three years. Could this be a case of tension release or did I do something wrong. This was a big board and I was very pleased with the progression of the project until this of course. Very disappointing. Any helpful feedback would be greatly appreciated. I know this site has some very talented craftsman that could teach me a thing or two!
Thanks everyone.

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DeLayne Peck

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#1 posted 03-30-2018 05:30 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Stay with us and post your projects, questions, and discoveries.

There are a lot of possibilities. You might have built in the tension. Were all your blocks square and the same width? End grain cutting boards are typically glued up in long, one block wide strips. Then, the strips are trued up with a trip through the table saw. Finally, the strips are glued and clamped.

Should be easy to rescue. You’ll probably lose some length or width.

A picture would be very helpful.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#2 posted 03-31-2018 01:14 AM

DJ Peck
Thank you for your response. I appreciate your input. I cut the board in half width wise right along the split, which happened to be all but dead center. I figured now I have two small boards. Then I thought why not glue them back together and see what happens. Thank you again.

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