First off, I should have used epoxy. Secondly, my experiment with coloring yellow glue went awry. Well, somewhat anyway. I found a way to make a nice dark brown color (could be used successfully on some dark walnut). I just got into the cupboard and found some cheap food coloring like they sell to color easter eggs. I added a bunch of red first, and that came out sort of magenta looking, so I added a little bit of each of the other colors: yellow, green, blue. Mixed it with regular Elmer’s yellow wood glue in a small bottle:
Here is what it looks like when it goes on the wood:
It looks a little bit like cow poop green!
But it dries to a nice dark brown. Like a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar:
Not the color I should have used against the very light almost white pine background.
Also, I had most of it just pour out the cracks. I’m not sure if epoxy would have done that since it is a little bit thicker even when just mixed up. The 5 minute stuff probably wouldn’t get away like the wood glue did.
Nope. Not the result I was hoping for at all. Only one side done though. Best at this point to just leave well enough alone for now. I think I’ll make another box, this one was so much fun. And I learned a lot about how I want to build the next one. Better wood for one thing (thinking about using that expensive ” Kiln-Dried Radiata Pine”).
-- Rodney, Arkansas