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Cracks in wood bench--HELP!


The dry winter air in my new apartment is causing cracks in a wooden bench made from yakal wood (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shorea_astylosa). Pictures are in the links below:





This bench was in a storage locker for over 10 years without any of this damage, so I am not sure why this is happening now. It was from my mother, who recently passed away, so I really want to take care of it and prevent any more damage. 

I am in Wisconsin. I have put bowls of water by my heater to evaporate so that there will be more moisture in the air. I also applied furniture oil to the whole bench, as well as mayonnaise on the cracks (which I read about online). 

My questions are:

  • Is anything else I can do to prevent the cracks from getting worse?
  • Should I store it out of my apartment to prevent the cracks from getting worse this winter?

Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you. 

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