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04-01-2010 05:09 PM

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I have several cracks and knots in some cedar boards that I’m using for a project. I don’t mind the looks of them, but I’m thinking they should be filled with something. I’m thinking epoxy, though I have several questions.

1) Any recommendations on a specific product? I see quite a few, but most don’t seem to specify a color. Such as I’m thinking clear would be the safest due to varying color in the wood? or maybe I should try to match the color?
2) Do I need to worry about getting it on the areas around the crack? Will a bit of sanding clean up the area around it?
3) I’m planning on using a polyurethane varnish to finish the project. Will that cause any sort of a problem with the epoxy?
4) Anything I’m missing or tips and such? :)



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#1 posted 04-01-2010 05:31 PM

Greetings Matthew: What I would do if it were me is use a 5 minute set clear epoxy. Mix it up, and put in some cedar dust, stir it all together, and put it in the cracks. Get it down in the cracks good, pushing it in with a popcycle stick, or toothpick. Let it set up good till it’s hard and dry. Then sand it off with a ros, and finish up with 320 grit. Don’t worry….. once sanded, you’ll never know it was there. Apply the finish, and you’re good to go. It won’t hurt the epoxy, the cracks will be filled. Just be sure to sand all the epoxy off the areas not in the cracks….... keep on keeping on…........... later.

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 05:43 PM

what rick said !

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 05:49 PM

There’s also a really good demo of this on the wood whisperer site:

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 06:39 PM

Greetings shopguryl: Pardon me if I sound abrupt, but I didn’t say to use sawdust in my response…..I said to use “dust”..... fine dust. I agree it would look like a patch job, IF you used sawdsut with the bigger chips in it, but the finer dust will blend in to make it look more natural. My wife shops at JoAnns and Michaels both, and she has some of the Easy Cast you referred to. I tried some on a project, and didn’t care for it at all.. It didn’t fit my needs, but hey, that’s just me…... just give me good ‘ole clear epoxy….. works for me…...... later.

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#5 posted 04-01-2010 07:00 PM

I’m just a newbie to this site but thought I would share this. I have been using “gel super glue” on knots and cracks as I sand with 120 paper. Keep adding sg as you sand till the surface is smoth. This has been a good “save” for me in the past. Good luck, and I really enjoy the site.

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#6 posted 04-01-2010 07:01 PM

I agree with Rick…using poly glue with the fine wood dust from your project will work well.

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#7 posted 04-01-2010 09:11 PM

Greetings shopguryl: No… you certainly did not offend me in the least. I’m sorry if I came across too harsh. I certainly didn’t mean to make it sound that way, and I apoligize if I did so. Let’s just say we ” agree to disagree”....... lol. There are a lot more subjects on here we can cuss and discuss…... lol. Agreed? ....... lol.

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#8 posted 04-01-2010 09:43 PM

I took “dust” to mean the stuff that collects in the bag of my belt sander.

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#9 posted 04-02-2010 06:01 AM

Thanks Rick and others. I’ve ordered some from Amazon and will give it a go.


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#10 posted 04-02-2010 06:35 AM

Best thing is a Feather Edge, made from the cedar wood. Quickwood is also good to fill the cracks and color in with an oil pencil of that color. Do it all the time. Feather edge is a wedge shaped thin strip of wood. Send me your e-mail address and I will send you a sheet on how to do it.

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