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

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Tony_S

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#1 posted 12-04-2018 11:08 AM


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.
- Kazooman

I’m not talking about minor end checking, which to a small degree is an acceptable defect.
What the OP has shown in the pictures for the most part, is INTERNAL CHECKING/HONEYCOMB. It isn’t something you can typically see, predict, or allow for in your wastage calculations. The degree it can effect the lumber can vary from very minor, to quite serious, rendering a full board, or hundreds of board feet completely useless. Not to mention, case hardening typically goes hand in hand with internal checking and can cause problems anywhere from instability, higher waste factor, difficult to work and in the worst cases, plainly dangerous to perform ripping operations on.

If you’re willing to accept unnatural, man made defects in your lumber, whether it be due to ignorance or you just don’t care, so be it. Thats your choice.
What you shouldn’t do is lead other less educated wood workers to believe that this is either normal or acceptable.
It isn’t. Period.
As the OP has shown…


Voids are on both sides :( Basically, the middle of the board was bad.
The hardwood place agreed that wasn t right.
- trhoppe

Any respectable seller/distributor will have no issues exchanging or refunding lumber with these defects.

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato


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