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Forum topic by Mark Shultz posted 06-01-2019 02:49 PM 271 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shultz

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06-01-2019 02:49 PM

What do you think of this end grain checking? Is it a concern? I’m building an outdoor table from ipe, picnic table style. I cut the boards and put them outside for a couple of hrs while i checked the length against the space the table will go in. I hadn’t yet sealed the end grain and it immediately showed the checking shown. I cant really tell ifnit goes deep or is just surface. Do i need to recut and seal? Or just seal as is?


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#1 posted 06-01-2019 04:25 PM

Looks like the board has lots of water in it.
It’s going to shrink as it dries that’s why the wood cracks
You should seal up the ends I doubt it will stop all the splits maybe it will help.
One thing to do if your making a outdoor table this what wood does naturally as it will absorb moisture then lose it in sunny summer days. Not even a finish will stop the hygroscopic nature of wood.
Good Luck sound like a challenging project with ipe.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 06-17-2019 01:43 AM

I usually just cut the boards off until there are no cracks.

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#3 posted 06-17-2019 02:14 AM

Looks like the crack is contained in the center of the board. If so, it should be fine.
Ipe is bulletproof compared to softer woods.

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