At risk of splitting or normal???

15 Apr 2009
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United Kingdom
Hi All,

May be a numb question but I just want to be sure...

I’ve just had some timber delivered from a merchant and one of the pressure treated 6x2s has cracking that runs along length but also through the centreline.

I know cracking is common as wood dries out but is this the same or is it liable to split over time because it passes through the centre if I use it?

It is for the seat bearers and legs on a picnic bench and will be bolted using carriage bolts so I don’t want it to open up along its length and fail anytime soon.

I’ve never thought much about it before as usually selected wood myself so just avoided cracked pieces.


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its with the grain so won't effect strength to any great extent
but from a practical point off view a vertical use will stop water and dirt collecting in the crack
Yes, it is prone to split.
In fact, if you cut a foot off the length, you could probably split it with your hands.
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