Mesquite cracks

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Blog entry by darrenjttu posted 01-31-2011 11:15 PM 5848 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The huge mesquite tree in my grandmothers front yard died last summer and they cut it down. One week later I got it and cut it up into boards. It has been dried properly and these were there before I got to the tree. I want to use this for my sons toybox but I would like to fill in or hide these. I have used CA before and would perfer not to use it on this. I have a ton of this wood and this is just a sample of some of the boards.

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Kerry Drake

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 11:39 PM

It looks like a good candidate for an epoxy fill. Mix up some 2 part epoxy, dam up the back of the cracks with painters tape, and fill the cracks with the epoxy and let it dry over night.

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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scott shangraw

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 11:52 PM

I do alot of Mesquite work.I agree with what Kerry suggested but I add black analine dye in powder form to the epoxy this is a common practice among mesquite workers .Also many use stone like turquiose

-- Scott NM,

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 12:10 AM

Yep -also when norm did the cowboy sideboard out of mesquite – black epoxy fill. put som tape on the back side and fill er up.

I have done the same for pitch pockets in Cherry, except I used an burnt sienna powder to tint the epoxy to make a more “rust brown” instead of black fill.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 01:08 AM

I’ve used very fine wood dust incorporated with the epoxy to fill large voids. You want to use a minimum of the wood dust so to keep the epoxy ratio high to retain strength.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 01:27 AM

I love boards with “negative spaces”.
Design opportunities, I call ‘em.
Cut them to the size needed for a project and fill the voids with crushed turquoise, malachite or iron pyrite, and epoxy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Joe Weaver

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 03:47 AM

Another thing you could do to fill in the voids is dyed sawdust. It can be purchased at Lots of choice in colors and not are hard on the tools.

-- Joe, Ga

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Orion Woods

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 07:57 AM

a question to those doing crushed up turquoise or stones, do the stones go right on the top or below the surface slightly?

-- Brian

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 01:48 PM

There’s a good blog on L/J about the turquois fill process. Just do a search- you will find it. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 04:10 PM

Another possibility would be to use a contrasting or interesting wood grain and inset it into some of the
areas and see if you like the looks. Nice gnarly looking wood, thanks for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 03-05-2011 07:58 PM

Or used, dried coffee grounds. Use your imagination. Craft stores-Embossing powders for color.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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