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#1 posted 05-06-2013 01:41 PM

I’m not a professional so I won’t weigh in on the repair, but Fine Woodworking had an interesting trick a few months ago involving a shop vac to suck glue down into cracks. They put the glue on one side of the crack, put the shop vac on the other side, and turned it on. I haven’t tried it yet, but apparently it sucks the glue right down.

Not sure about a 1/8” crack. That seems like a very shallow crack to try to pull together. I would be afraid that the force required to pull the wood back together would be enough to crush the cells, which will cause future checks. I’m for the idea of putting in a butterfly but not repairing the check. If you still have some of the scrap lying around, maybe cut a little wedge and use that to fill the crack. I guess this would require refinishing that area, but it would avoid causing additional stress in the wood. Crap, I weighed in on the repair.

Regardless, I am a big fan of your work.

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