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Sawdust2012

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01-18-2016 01:43 PM

The crack is about 3/16” thick at its worst. I was thinking of injecting CA or tite bond and mix in some sawdust from scrap, sand and refinish. Anyone have a better idea?


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 01-18-2016 01:53 PM

I would try using Ca and coffee grounds to fill the crack. Whatever you use allow to settle dry and see if need another application. Lightly sand area & reapply finish. Have use CA with new & old coffee grounds and had great success.

If cannot remove insert would cover with masking or painter tape first.

Good luck!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 02:22 PM

I was thinking about using a compressor to blow glue in it, wrap it with wax paper. Put a rope around it, tie it loose, crank it with a stick to tighten the rope thus making a clamp. But any solution with coffee in it is interesting to me too.

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WoodNSawdust

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 02:34 PM

I would not try to put glue into the crack and clamp the crack closed. If the crack occurred due to stress you would only be reintroducing the same stress. Instead fill the crack. My first thought would be epoxy with dye coloring. I would consider tinting the epoxy to the reddish brown of the grain instead of the brown. If you want to emphasise the crack then there are plenty of colored fillers (Inlace) that would make the crack stand out.

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runswithscissors

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 05:36 AM

I like epoxy with wood flour, like dust from a sander. The finish will cause the wood flour to darken. No need for stain or dye. It may not be the exact same color, but your wood already has a lot of figure, and it will look like a natural part of the wood.

Another alternative is to fill the crack with bees wax, which will allow wood movement. It already has a honey color (of course).

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becikeja

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 11:43 AM


I would try using Ca and coffee grounds to fill the crack.
- Wildwood

Ok I’ll bite. What’s the deal with the coffee?

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levan

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#6 posted 01-19-2016 12:07 PM

I would start with a sliver ,than fill voids with dust and glue.

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bondogaposis

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#7 posted 01-19-2016 01:46 PM

First figure out why it cracked in the first place. Can you take the insert out?

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Wildwood

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#8 posted 01-19-2016 10:21 PM

Coffee grounds or content of tea bags are cheap & easy fix and might not be such a color contrast to wood pictured. Few of the items on my project page have coffee ground & CA filler on surface cracks not through cracks.

OP has not said if can remove the insert. If a trough crack would toss that piece of wood if can remove insert and start over. If cannot remove insert will take a couple applications of saw dust, or coffee grounds & CA.

Hope info helps!

-- Bill

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