Cracks along seams on heirloom floss cabinet

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Posted by Allison Orange ( on August 24, 2003 at 20:20:29:

My husband gave me a dark cherry floss cabinet 3 years ago as a gift. Much to my surprise, when I moved it the other day, I noticed that one of the sides has cracks in the finish evidently where the wood was pieced together originally; the cracks are only along these seams, no where else and only on this one side. Along these seams, you can see a slight bit of the natural wood without stain.

The cabinet has only been stored in a house kept at 72-75 degrees all year round, with no great change in humidity and this cabinet was sold as "heirloom" quality by the company. It does not seem like it should have cracked and I am contacting them about it.

Because it was a limited edition, I may have to repair it instead of replacing it for a new one. If I use the Wood Elixer, should I color the seam with something first or just apply the Elixer? Can I try the Elixer first and then color if necessary?

Also, how safe is the Elixer to use. I generally try to use as non-toxic a product as possible. When I see the furniture refinishers on TV, they look like they are dressed for a moon landing with all their protective garb!

Thanks in advance...

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