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

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#1 posted 12-04-2018 02:07 AM

Wood is a natural material that comes with natural defects. You have to plan for the occasional natural flaw when planning a project. When you purchase rough sawn / dried stock for a project you have to be prepared for a hidden defect in the stock when you joint and plane it into the desired dimensions. Same goes for the thicker pieces used to build cutting boards, even if they have been prepped from the rough sawn state. You really need to be prepared to deal with natural flaws in the stock.

- Kazooman

100% Correct.
Except….none of the defects in the photo s are natural in any way. They are kiln drying defects and shouldn t be thought of as acceptable or normal.

- Tony_S

In an ideal world all kiln dried wood would be free of any defects from the drying process. Even the best of suppliers will have a small amount of issues. The question is how to deal with that. The OP doesn’t sound like a large volume purchaser. How does he deal with a one off trip to the wood supplier to make his Christmas gift?

I have to make about a sixty mile trip each way to pick up my wood. It is from a first rate supplier I have recommended many times here. If I got a defect like what was shown in the pictures, I would imagine that they would give some compensation, but I would not expect them to offer a complete replacement board. Even if they did, it would not help me finish a project. I need to plan ahead to get the job done and purchase appropriately, not make another road trip to plead my case. Replace my original comment on “natural defect” to include “man made defect from the usual kiln drying process”. It is one and the same issue when it comes to turning the stock you purchased into a finished piece. You cannot count on using 100% of your stock. You need to allow for defects in the stock, defects in the design, defects in the actual plan of work, and defects in the eventual execution.

Yes, the OP could go back and complain. He did and got some more wood. He is happy. Didn’t miss the Christmas deadline. If he had ordered a few more inches of stock the defect (man made or otherwise) would be in the burn barrel and the cutting board would be under the tree.

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