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Posted on Cracks in the walnut of an end grain cutting board

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#1 posted 12-03-2018 06:49 PM

As Manitario pointed out, that is the nature of walnut. You can find similar voids in other species or discoloration that mess up the visual appeal of your project. You cannot always see these internal defects in the stock before cutting. A simple way to deal with this in the future is to make the glue-up that you are slicing into strips for the board longer than what is actually needed. If you reveal a void you will hopefully have enough extra to make better pieces. When I do this and end up with a leftover piece I saw it into thinner slices and glue them up to make small trivets or serving trays. Nothing goes to waste in the end.

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