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Posted on Cracking pine farm table top

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#1 posted 01-19-2021 05:07 PM

I’m a little skeptical that the table would crack like that with the wood simply drying from about 10% to about 8%, if the tabletop was free to expand and contract. Wood furniture in homes in many climates see at least that much variation seasonally, every year and survives as long as construction methods allow for movement. I might wonder if your moisture measurement was accurate, but you have a sawmill and kiln, so you have lots of experience with moisture meters.
My inclination would be to examine the breadboard ends more closely. I’m not sure I completely understand how the pinned dominos work, but is there any way the dominos got glued in place via the dowels or maybe the loose domino slots were still not quite large enough to allow the shrinkage?

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