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post #1 of 5 Old 01-09-2018, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Wood Cracking?

I was watching a video the other day on cutting boards. It was how to best avoid the cracking of the wood. What he done was to make the thickness in layers. Each layer would go opposite of each other. His reasoning was when the grain would go to expand it could not move because if the top layer tried to move in one direction the second layer would prevent it, and so on. This was his reasoning. The theory is sound. But what works in theory doesn't necessarily work once it is all said and done.

What are you thoughts?
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This is the practice in plywood. Im not sure how well this works with thicker wood though, theres a lot of stress can build up in the layers. Usually cutting boards are made in strips with the grain all one way so the expansion and contraction is all together.
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I haven't had any cutting boards crack on me just yet, so I guess that means I did something right.

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I was watching a video the other day on cutting boards. It was how to best avoid the cracking of the wood. What he done was to make the thickness in layers. Each layer would go opposite of each other. His reasoning was when the grain would go to expand it could not move because if the top layer tried to move in one direction the second layer would prevent it, and so on. This was his reasoning. The theory is sound. But what works in theory doesn't necessarily work once it is all said and done.

What are you thoughts?
This works with layers of veneer but if used in the manor you described will cause the wood to crack where it might not otherwise. Just another case of fake news in woodworking.
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Generally when you see a new idea like that ask yourself why you haven't seen it done before in the last thousand or so years. Every trade has what is known as best practices, tried and true ways of doing things, trouble usually follows when they are ignored.

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