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#1 posted 04-16-2018 03:54 PM

I’d have laid the cuts out to avoid the knot, but if I found myself in a situation like that, I’d use epoxy putty. It comes in various colors that can be mixed, tinted with pigment or dye in order to achieve pretty much any color. I’d fill the knot with it (after testing recipes and allowing them to harden to match the base color of the wood), sand it smooth and then use Prismacolor pencils to match the surrounding wood.

I keep thirty or so pencils in my repair kit in various wood shades and warm greys, etc. They work beautifully on the epoxy and also on Timbermate. You really don’t have to be an artist, the idea is to obscure the edges and give some variation to the overall patch so it doesn’t attract the eye. I use Timbermate to patch worm holes in mesquite and I’ve gotten to where they blend so well, even I can’t find them when I go back and look.

Mohawk Blendal sticks are great too, but since you can go to any art supply store and get pencils for $1.50 apiece, it’s the easier way to go. Take a piece of the wood to the store and pick out three or four colors that will complement the board.

BTW, you don’t just color the patch, you want to go across the edges to obscure them. Use your finger to soften/blend the pencil lines.

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