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Forum topic by tommyc325 posted 11-09-2018 01:25 AM 583 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2018 01:25 AM

Hi Everyone

I just purchased a few rough sawn oak boards from my local mill.

The moisture content right now is at 13% and there is some checking / cracking happening at the end of the boards at the moment.

My question is will this cracking continue to happen? Im using these boards as is for some rustic shelves. I don’t mind the crack as it is but will the cracking continue to expand?

Another odd question I have is whats the name of the metal “s” like a piece that gets hammered into the end of lumber.

Thanks again, everyone.

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#1 posted 11-09-2018 12:03 PM

Tommy – I just recently found out the secret of the “S” stamped into a log.
they are of different sizes hammered into a potential problematic crack or split
to try to contain or minimize the damage to good lumber.
and it appears that the newer style Flitch or Log Savers are plastic so they
will not damage saws or planers like the old metal style.
and it takes a special FlitchSaver hammer to pound them in.


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#2 posted 11-09-2018 01:25 PM

Thanks for the post, John. Very interesting. Probably old hat to many, but news to me. I haven’t even finished my first cup of coffee and I already learned something new this morning. If it was’t for the first real snowfall of the season laying on the ground outside I would have said it was gong to be a great day.

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#3 posted 11-14-2018 12:16 PM

At 13%, you should be good.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#4 posted 11-14-2018 02:22 PM

I don’t think it will check much more you are almost there mc wise.

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