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    Cutting Board Mortality and Morbidity Review

    Last edited by Jay Lock; 11-04-2007 at 01:17 PM.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario
    What kind of glue did you use?

    And I must be blind, but I can't see the problems with the last two photos. Are these hairline cracks?

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    Last edited by Jay Lock; 11-04-2007 at 01:17 PM.

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    Last edited by Jay Lock; 11-04-2007 at 01:18 PM.

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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Jay, sorry to see the boards didn't survive the trip. They all look very nice. I think your assessment of the cause of the damage is probably right on. I'd guess it was a combination of heat, grain orientation, and not enough glue. What you've described and shown has indications of all three. I know from making some boards that didn't have the grain all going the correct way that sometimes they stay together, and sometimes they break. The heat and glue starvation would explain the other breaks.

    Personally, I think I'd re-glue them where they've come apart and re-sand them if necessary to get them smoothed back out. For the hairline cracks, I'd probably see if I could work some Titebond II into the cracks and re-clamp. If not, you could re-cut the joints (you'd need to do all of them to keep the pieces the same size as each other) and re-glue. You may also find that now that the boards are back home where they started, the hairline cracks might close back up. (Still not great for wet food preparation, but the board could still be used for quite a bit of stuff.)

    I've got a cutting board that did similar things as yours. It developed hairline to 1/8" wide cracks, including some split wood where the joint remained glued, but the movement broke the wood itself. The cracking happened a couple weeks after the board was made (and delivered to the customer ). A few months after I got the board back, the gaps had all closed so tightly I couldn't get glue into them. I don't use the board for anything other than decoration now, but it'd make a fine serving platter for cheese and crackers.
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    Not a Problem.... First response will be..."Thats too pretty to use" and they will sit and be admired by whomever recieves them. Will make no difference what glue or which finish as they will be cherished and adored and respected but never ever used.

    Loverly things they are and far too good looking to hack with a knife. I know you are well intended but such beautious work has stepped over the line and left the usefulness realm and entered that twilight zone of "Too Pretty to Use" Chraftsmanship.

    Thanks for posting and letting us Lurk at your work.

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    Feb 2007
    Hi Jay.

    Looking at how beatiful they are and what happened you must have felt like having those cracks on your own body. At least I would.

    I'm glad you've been able to fix them.
    Best regards,

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    Nov 2006
    Odessa, Tx
    Jay, maybe you should have put them in the trunk of your car for a week instead of the shop to let them acclimate.

    How long in advance of your trip did you make them? Maybe they just needed more "Cure Time" after they were made, before being exposed to that hot humid air in the trunk.

    How about making another one and use Epoxy instead of the Titebond II and then put it in the trunk and leave it for a few days and see if it does the same thing? There's gotta be a cure for the problem somehow.
    Last edited by Norman Hitt; 10-03-2007 at 09:13 AM.

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    Oct 2006
    pretty boards jay!
    pure speculation on my part here...but ash is a very mobile wood as are most ring pourous woods so combining it with a less mobile wood could have been part of the trouble? and you`re right in thinking that baking `em in the trunk didn`t help......aliphatic resins are a form of plastic that are heat sensitive...
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    Last edited by Jay Lock; 11-04-2007 at 01:18 PM.

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