|All along the sapwood side.|
I started with the little crack in the corner to practice. I carefully made a cut all along the crack with my big full size rip saw in order to get the widest kerf possible. That seemed to work well, so I tried it with the big one. Same thing. The hardest part was lining up the angle to cut. I realized, if I cut exactly perpendicular to the growth rings, I could get the entire crack in one kerf.
Then it was just a matter of planing a thin strip of maple I had laying around down to the thickness of the kerf and gluing it in.
|Patches glued in.|
|This was a lot easier than I thought.|
|Flash Gordon! Whoops, did I just accidentally name this piece?|
|Darn. Now I have to fix this spot, too.|
The downside is this repair added two days to a project which is essentially a board with some holes drilled in it. Oh well, the price of perfection...
If I would have been smart, I would have done this repair before drilling all the holes and finishing, so if it didn't look good, I wouldn't have wasted all that labor drilling so many holes. On the other hand, I probably wouldn't have done it at all if I decided to not use the crack.
Next up, making another threaded plug!