Gene Wengert, aka The Wood Doctor, troubleshoots wood related problems, and explores lumber and veneer qualities and performance, species by species, in Wood Explorer, inside FDMC's Knowledge Center.
So, when you get the lumber, you visually examine an end and cut off an inch or two to eliminate the visible end check. However, the end check is often so small in dried lumber that it cannot be seen perfectly. So, the estimated end trim taken can sometimes be too little; that is, there is a very small crack in the end that was not cut off.
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