Safe Cracking #3: Cosmetic Repairs to stoopid mistakes

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Blog entry by Milo posted 06-30-2012 08:45 PM 2390 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Have you every had a situation were you were working with older, dryer wood, or antique pine, and you were planing away, and BANG, a pretty knot in the center of the wood exploded. Well, here’s what you can do with the situation instead of junking the entire piece and starting over.

Sorry I don’t have the original hole to show you, but here is what happened after I took some of the broken know and some wood filler to the hole.

This is after planing and sanding it flat. I opted to leave the little divots and imperfections in the fill for a more natural look.

You can get the paints you need at Wally World or where ever. I think I got these at Staples.

I DO use some specialty brushes I got from Michaels.

Fortunatly, wood is imperfect. You don’t have to be either. Just mix and match your paints until you get something you like, or close to the natural wood. I find that I primarily use Brown, Black, and Red.

This knot turned out a little darker that I wanted. I’m not going to mess with it until it completely dries. I MAY lightly coat it with a yellow/white/brown mix. Most likely I’ll just leave it be and hope it fades.

Here is another structural repair. Again, a knot broke off the corner. I cut it square and glued in some like pieces, plus a tad bit of filler. After it dried I routed in the angles. Again, I painted in the color by hand. This one turned out much nicer.



Here are both boards from a distance.

And lastly, here is another faux knot I did that turned out a lot better than the first.

I have found working with antique pine rewarding for the rich color I get, but frustrating because the boards can be more brittle to work with. But with these cosmetic repairs, I am able to use boards that would otherwise be discarded and throw to waste.

If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to try and help. I hope this encourages you to try and salvage that would you might otherwise throw out.



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