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Huge quartersawn oak problem3/14
We are a high-end european furniture producer which is working only in complete solid furniture.
However we have a huge problem at this moment.
The problem we are having with these ray flakes is that after applying the stain, sometimes it is happening that 1 of the flakes is chipping And it looks like a crack on the outside. While it's only the ray flake.
All of our timber is rift sawn. and we are drying it ourself in our kiln.
How does this come? What can we do to avoid it?
Medullary rays in oak are sometimes referred to as "ray fleck". Flake is something else.
Structurally, they are of a very different makeup than the tubes that make up the bulk of the tree - for one thing, they run from the center of the tree radially out to the bark.
Didn't you get good answers last time you posed this question?
If failure continues perhaps it is time to consider another field of endeavor.
Or a different supplier of wood? Might it be a drying problem?
This is likely a machining problem and is not related to drying, although over drying can make it worse. It is called chipped grain.
I saw a picture of this defect and it is surface checking.