What can I do to prevent my timber from splitting open? We manufacture furniture in South Africa – Cape Town – then we transport it up country as soon as the furniture is delivered. A month after that our turned legs craps open. We use a glue called Balcotan 100 which is the best glue here in Cape Town. What can we do to prevent it from happening?
Submitted by Clinton
Having spent some time in Africa (I lived I Swaziland for three years) I think you have a humidity problem. The humidity at the Cape is high. If your products are going up toward Jo-Burg or Pretoria the humidity is lower and the wood is reacting. It’s hard to overcome wood movement. If it wants to move, it’s going to move. You’d have to deal with this by controlling the environment where you’re manufacturing the furniture. Can you lower the humidity in that environment to match the humidity where the product is ending up?