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Forum topic by Mark posted 05-09-2016 11:11 PM 676 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2016 11:11 PM

Afternoon all….if it is where you are.
I’m turning a Cherry Vessel that has 2 voids near the top, one quite a good size. to make matters worse there is a bit of punky wood on the edge of each void. I’m thinking of filling them with coffee and epoxy. i would like to use brass filings (from the key cuter) but am not to impressed with the lack of shine. I’m thinking’ I should remove as much of the rot as possible? I was going to use masking tape for backing for the coffee mixture? Any thoughts or suggestions would be great.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-10-2016 12:40 AM

Hi Mark, regarding your question on the punky wood, if you really want to try and keep it, have a look at Minwax® High Performance Wood Hardener. It’s specifically for dealing with wood that is no longer as sound as it should be.
Here’s one link to their information . . .
If you don’t want to keep the wood for the visual effect, then get that carving knife out and create a pleasing shape where you will be filling in.
Interested to see the final outcome.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 05-10-2016 02:18 AM

Or you could try soaking the punky wood with thin CA glue and let it harden. Then fill the voids with the epoxy.

Personally, I would try to mix some Pearlex powder into the epoxy and get a nice, bright contrasting color on the fill material. To me, those voids are too large to look good with the coffee/epoxy blend.

I look forward to seeing the end product, no matter which way you go.

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#3 posted 05-10-2016 02:31 AM

Instead of using masking tape to support your filler, try inserting a balloon into the vessel, then inflating it. I’ve had good results with this method for smaller voids, and it should work for your bigger ones, I think.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#4 posted 05-10-2016 03:22 AM

Those are 3 excellent ideas.
1) Druid. I don’t much care for the mouldy wood look, so I have already taken the carving tools to the crud.
2) Snowbeast, I’ve never heard of the Pearl Ex till now. I did a goole on it and that sounds like what I’m looking for.
3) Gwiki. Excellent thought. I’m gonna try that.
Thanks again gents. This may take a while but I’ll post when it’s done.

-- Mark

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