We installed 8 6x12 white pine beams 15 ft. long in the living room of
our new home built 1 year and six months ago. The beams are exposed
about eight feet high with 6x6 white pine purlins 6 ft. long connecting
them to the sloped ceiling. The beams were finished with Minwax stain
and three coats of polyurethane. No finish was applied to the end
We have noticed checking or longitudinal cracks forming in some of the
beams over the last year or so.
Any ideas on how long this might continue or when the 'checking'
process will stop?
The house is humidity controlled to 45-50% RH year around.
The beams are not an integral part of the house structure so strength
is not a prime concern. I am interested in when the process will stop
so I can stain the cracks and improve the appearance.