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#1 posted 08-19-2018 11:30 PM

Not a surprise?
That crack near glue line was an accident waiting to happen! Is due the huge difference in grain density of the two pieces of wood. Cut off the fine grain wood, and glue another piece on with similar large grain density/direction if you need the width.
If you have any other areas of top with similar large changes in grain density, more cracks will probably happen during normal temp/humidity changes.

+1 – use a hardwood for table top.
Douglas Fir is softwood and makes a lousy butcher block surface as it dents easily. Remember, Wood is cheap compared to expensive customer repairs/returns.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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