Kreg Forman issue with Cherry lumber

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Forum topic by Bigkahunaranch posted 02-11-2016 02:13 AM 782 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2016 02:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pocket hole kreg foreman cherry

I purchased a Kreg Foreman a couple weeks back and have used it to build a couple shop cabinets out of leftover scrap. It worked really well.

My issue arose today. I have a large kitchen cabinet job to do and milled up some lumber for faceframes.
I rain the ends of the rails thru the foreman and noticed the ends were splitting out. I double checked the depth and it was set to specs for 3/4 inch thick stock and using 1 1/4 length screws.
I tried it with some 1 1/2 wide stock and some 2 inch wide stock, same results.
I then backed off the depth ju

st a smidge, still split.

So I grabbed some oak and pecan I had laying around and the machine performed awesome.

So I am wondering if the issue is CHERRY ??

Anybody else have a problem with pocket holes in cherry ?

I attached some pics so you can see the results.



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#1 posted 02-11-2016 05:58 AM

I do cherry all the time without a problem. Your issue looks like wood that’s still too moist and is in the process of drying from the end grain first. Internal tensions can increase the chance of splitting when pressure is applied in that area (as in drilling).

Not positive that’s the problem but it’s a possibility.

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