small cracks in a redwood top

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Jandrew, Jan 27, 2013.


  1. Jandrew

    Jandrew

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    Framingham, Ma
    I just glued a figured redwood top to a sapele body blank. Over the past two days I have seen a few small cracks form. I am assuming that this is due to the dry air seeing that I am in New England. Is it wise to stablize the wood before anymore cracks appear? I was thinking of use minwax wood stablizer. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Justin
  2. 1958Bassman

    1958Bassman

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    Oct 20, 2007
    I'm not sure the stabilizer will help. These two woods have completely different expansion rates and if the redwood is quartersawn & the Sapele isn't (or, even if it is) and you glued them together immediately after planing/surfacing, this will be a problem.

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