Stabilizing Damaged Walnut

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11-15-2009 05:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut

I am beginning a new project, and after choosing the “perfect” [beautifully and sequentially grained, at any rate] lumber from the pile I have discovered that portions of it have what appear to be insect and/or rot damage.

The damage is not extensive, and will not show in the finished product – but I would like to stabilize/harden the wood prior to working it and potentially causing further damage.

I was considering thinned glue – Sound right?

Thanks y’all – Thomas

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 06:05 PM

I just repaired some Walnut with cracks and small knots in it and used LocTite Super Glue, from WalMart, to fill th “holes”. It came out well, the super glue stands proud of the wood but comes out perfectly when sent thru the planer with a very fine cut. You may have to reapply the glue too fill some of the imperfections and if the imperfection goes all thu way thru just put blued painters tape on the back side. Wood turners use Super Glue all their time to stabilize some of their woods.
I’ve used this method for small box parts nothing structural (large). I’ve used epoxy to fill holes on larger items and it worked out well.

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 06:09 PM

super glue works great for damaged and unsturdy wood and it is good to stabalize the wood enough so that it won’t fall apart. but i don’t think you would use it in anything structural. if you have an actual hole or something structural needs to be fixed then use an epoxy.

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