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Forum topic by jtm posted 08-31-2015 06:55 AM 1113 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jtm

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08-31-2015 06:55 AM

I see this used as a knot filler in a lot of cases.

To me, it sticks out like a sore thumb, and in almost every case, epoxy would’ve been the better option.

Just my opinion though…


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#1 posted 08-31-2015 11:57 AM

Maybe people think it is rustic. I have never heard of it, but it does sound awful.

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#2 posted 08-31-2015 12:00 PM

When I first saw it years ago, at a turning exhibition, I thought it was the coolest thing I had seen in a while.

Then I saw it again, then again, and then I began to get tired of it and wondered if they had other colors. Of course they did, but overall it looks like what it is, a nice filler for bad wood, used in turnings, tabletops, and other artsy things.

Now I just like the raw wood look. I guess what comes around, goes around.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 08-31-2015 12:08 PM

Well I use turquoise and epoxy to hold it in, figure it just adds something different to the work and good contrast with dark wood. I put it in some of my bread boards to fill knots, women love it.

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#4 posted 08-31-2015 02:08 PM

A smooth filled hole or bark inclusion, in this case a knot hole, will be much easier to clean the dust that will eventually collect in it if left rustic. Turquoise is the most readily recognizable material on the market because of it’s appeal to most people.

I personally have removed loose material from knot holes, found another knot that would fit the first knothole, and glued it in with a glue or epoxy, as long as the bonding agent wasn’t too obnoxious. In that case, I would used a coloring agent…........... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#5 posted 08-31-2015 03:34 PM

The Idea I believe is to show the defects,since the is a big lack of decent cheap wood anymore,You can’t just cut out all the bad spots on 8.00 BF wood,and some knots just look bad,so You use a filler and the turquoise etc.filler is one idea.and give a modern feel.

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#6 posted 08-31-2015 03:36 PM

I use it when I want to and as appropriate for the project. I think you can make anything stick out like a soar thumb regardless of what you use.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#7 posted 08-31-2015 08:47 PM

It’s a matter of taste, some like it some don’t. When used to fill knotholes or cracks in walnut or other dark woods, I think it looks amazing. Here is one I did:

Some people I’ve shown this too find it jarring, but most seem to like it. I hope to make smaller turquoise pieces next time for a more even fill.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 08-31-2015 09:07 PM

I think it is one of those things “easy” to do but very hard to pull off. I have to say most I see distracts from the piece. I find too many in woodworking spend a lot of time trying to show what tricks they can do, what fancy gadget they have to do something, etc… and the work piece reflects (usually screams) to this point.

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#9 posted 08-31-2015 10:06 PM

Now this ” stands out like dogs balls ”.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#10 posted 09-01-2015 02:45 AM

Being the cheapskate that I am I fill voids in mesquite with a mixture of epoxy and powdered blue chalk. Looks a lot like turquoise but is actually affordable.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#11 posted 09-01-2015 02:53 AM

It is a matter of taste. Living in the southwest its also very popular. mrjinx007 and bobasaurus show some tasteful examples.

-- Nicky

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#12 posted 09-01-2015 03:09 AM


Now this ” stands out like dogs balls ”.

Bart and the skulls are way worse than the rest of this.

Personally, bobasaurus’ post looks really nice, but for the turquoise.

Don’t get me wrong- that grain is to die for, but the turquoise doesn’t fit there, for me. Personal taste, is all.
- Texcaster


-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 09-01-2015 03:13 AM



Being the cheapskate that I am I fill voids in mesquite with a mixture of epoxy and powdered blue chalk. Looks a lot like turquoise but is actually affordable.

- Jim Finn

I’ll have to look into that, once I get to working in rough textured projects. I’m a smooth-textured kind of guy, at the moment, though I am learning wood carving. The filling texture could be an interesting effect.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#14 posted 09-01-2015 03:35 AM

mr jinx pretty damn cool! textcaster haaa awesome beattle juice meets the simpsons

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Texcaster

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#15 posted 09-01-2015 03:46 AM


Now this ” stands out like dogs balls ”.

Bart and the skulls are way worse than the rest of this.

Personally, bobasaurus post looks really nice, but for the turquoise.

Don t get me wrong- that grain is to die for, but the turquoise doesn t fit there, for me. Personal taste, is all.
- Texcaster

- Dark_Lightning

You do understand my photo is not an inlay ? Those strands are souvenirs from my last visit to the US. Just a joke.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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