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#1 posted 07-12-2017 11:59 AM

This is a cross grain situation. The end grain portion of the cutting board is expanding and contracting in one direction while the border, although thin, is expanding and contracting in the other direction. In the pic, the end grain portion of the cutting board swelled, but the long grain border did not allow for that, and the joint had to pop open to relieve the stress. You see the same situation with tabletops with breadboard ends. The breadboard has to allow the top to expand and contract seasonally, otherwise your tabletop will crack to relieve the stress.

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