live edge bread board...with a question

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Project by A Slice of Wood Workshop posted 05-31-2012 05:48 PM 2808 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to experiment with the live edge stuff. I had a black walnut log that was sitting outside for about 6 months. It’s a small one, only 6” diameter. I split the log and then planed down both side. It has two cracks, one on each end. My question is…..Will the board continue to split if it is properly oil (using mineral oil)?

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 06:15 PM

To answer your question simply – YES, it will.

However, there is hope! What you need to do is place butterflies on the end of each crack, which will prevent the split from getting any larger.

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Oh yeah – the other benefit of a butterfly joint is that is add a TON of beauty to the piece. :-)

good luck!


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#2 posted 05-31-2012 07:48 PM

butterfly is the way to go. a contrasting hardwood would be nice but go with what you’ve got.

alternatively, you could just rip and reglue so it’s a solid piece but I think you get more character in a piece when you work with the flaws of the wood instead of hiding it. never tried a butterfly joint myself so it sounds like an interesting project to try.

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 08:40 PM

depending on what you’re going to do with it you could also spline the end. A butterfly is a good way to go, but doesn’t fit every application. If you don’t want the fix to show from the top, put it underneath or use the spline. There is a butterfly on this bench.

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 11:45 PM

Or you could use JB Weld Wood Restore Premium Liquid Epoxy (here) I used it on a coffee table of mine. It is super penetrating and crystal clear. It’s a bit spendy but the kit will last you a long time. I picked mine up at Menards. I’ve yet to do a review on it but I will shortly, highly recommended. Although I didn’t use my application for holding together a split but for filing in a knot. I believe it would do well in an application such as yours.

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#5 posted 06-01-2012 01:39 AM

I’d suggest using a butterfly joint, to stop the piece from splitting further and as glenn stated a food safe epoxy to fill the existing crack. I’m not sure if JB Weld is food safe… The last thing you want is for bacteria from food to get in there. I know you can get some pretty fancy epoxy (different colors, minerals in them etc..) just make sure its food safe.

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#6 posted 06-01-2012 10:29 AM

I make these all the time, and actually the answer is maybe not if the piece was super dry. With small end cracks I fill the cracks if necessary, glue it up (or epoxy , clamp it, let it dry and then sand it off. Then oil it with warm oil and let let the soak in well-reoil until it is well saturated (many times over several days). Then I wax it with melted beeswax, set it in front of low heat to let the wax melt in, reapply then buff the wax in with a car buffer. I don’t think any of my boards have ever developed a catastrophic crack (that I know of anyway.) But butterfly joints are also nice if you feel like going to the effort.

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#7 posted 06-01-2012 11:01 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions. I was originally going to put a butterfly in it, but wasn’t sure if being oiled would stop the crack. I’ll do the butterfly and post some updated pics!

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#8 posted 06-02-2012 11:14 PM

I love those joints. Cant wait to see.

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