Well, I made some new sticks to destroy to redo the test of the solid piece and the piece with three 1/4” laminates glued horizontal, but here’s the problem: I didn’t have any suitable wood left from the board that I cut previous samples from so I chose another real nice looking piece. I tried two solid pieces, one with grain running horizontal to load and one with grain vertical to load! BOTH got to 205 lbs (maximum amount of weight I can load in bucket) and neither broke. So this board is obviously much stronger than the last one. So now I’m thinking that I need to make up two more complete sets of samples and figure out how to add more weight to the bucket. Maybe I can fasten 30 lbs to the bottom of the bucket with fasteners. I’m thinking that I need to test three complete sets and then average all of the figures to get a more realistic comparison. Bummer! Here’s another thought, today is super humid, talking killer humidity! Do you suppose that the moisture content of the wood went up some and changed it’s properties some?