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Forum topic by Upgrayedd posted 03-29-2016 12:57 PM 649 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2016 12:57 PM

I’ve got some branches I cut out of the yard and saved them to make walking sticks.
What do you do about knots such as I’ve boxed?
The wood is soft and dead, is that going to be a problem?

I plan to shape them a bit w/ a draw knife and sanding.

I imagine you just get the shape you are looking for then scrape the soft wood out as much as possible and fill back in w/ a wood filler…??..

If this type of knot is to be avoided and this should end up in the burn pile let me know.


-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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#1 posted 03-29-2016 02:14 PM

It depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. I sometimes cut knots like that down with a fine saw and then sand the flat cut face smooth. Other times I’ll just carve then down with a knife. And often I’ll just leave them as is. If there’s soft wood in the knot you can scrape it out and leave the hole as is. I’ve never used a filler in a place like that. But if there’s much soft wood in the main part it’ll weaken it and no amount of filler will help, in which case you should find another stick.

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