Wood Defect Repair

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Blog entry by David posted 01-27-2009 06:59 AM 3052 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A quick video with some tips showing how to repair a wood defect with colored epoxy and cyanoacrylate glue (CA Glue). I am working on a small project from a single board . . . no extra material so I had to push forward and make a small inconspicuous repair.


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 01-27-2009 12:33 PM

Dave – Your repair methods are just like mine.

One time I tried adding dye to the CA glue for a colored repair and the dye acted as an accelerant to the glue. I had very little glue left in the small bottle just like you were using and so I added a drop of dye and shook it. I barely got the repair done and the bottle got so hot I could no longer hang on to it. It got so hot the bottle started smoking and the plastic melted.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 01-27-2009 02:44 PM

David, thanks for the post. I have used CA glue before for correcting some of the wood’s mistakes (obviously they were not mine) :) but have never tried the epoxy route. I certainly appreciate this tip as I primarily work with cherry and see where this would be beneficial.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-27-2009 03:08 PM

Thanks for this one… I’ve tried using filler with epoxy with, umm, interesting results. Not quite fine enough sawdust, as well as the colorant/filler material for the kitchen counters when we used Epoxy grout in there. Turns out that fine powder was an abrasive and after a very short spin on the lathe…. I had to re-grind my chisels!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 01-27-2009 05:40 PM

Hi David;

Great video. While your methods aren’t “smokin hot” like Todd’s; I think I’ll continue to use your’s.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 01-27-2009 06:11 PM

Thanks for the video. Helps me. Course I need all the help I can get. Very informative. Amazing to me how much there is to learn. Thank goodness there are people like you and Lumberjocks.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 01-27-2009 10:54 PM

Guys -

Thanks for the comments!

While not as “smokin hot” like Todd, I did have some interesting experiences when I first started to use CA glue and spray accelerator. That is how I learned to use a paper towel to blot excess glue before spraying the accelerator!


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#7 posted 02-12-2009 07:25 PM


I really enjoyed this video. As a new woodworker, I appreciate any information in video form. I did have a hard time seeing the cracks in the piece of wood you were showing. I would have liked a little more closeup.

Thanks again.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#8 posted 02-13-2009 06:59 AM

Dwain -

My apologies! I know its hard to pick up on the video. In retrospect, I wish I had taken a close up of the unfilled cracks. I hope the photo below is helpful.


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