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Had to cut up a Hemlock yesterday (thank you, Hurricane Sandy) and my daughter wanted me to cut a 1/2" thick cross-section "to use as a cutting board". I told her it would check and split, unless soaked in something like PEG. She then showed me this URL (small image also attached):
These disks have the pith and all, and violate everything I've experienced with wood movement. Why won't they split?
Help - need to save face with my kid ;)