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Forum topic by DoubleNickel posted 05-15-2016 07:58 PM 618 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2016 07:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood slab bow ties

I am a newbie when it comes to working with slabs. How do you know if a crack needs to be stabilized (install bow ties)? I have attached a few pictures. It is curly maple.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-15-2016 09:47 PM

There is no guarantees but depending on the look you want and style of the table, I think I would fill it. That maple from the pic looks more like Spalted.

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 12:13 AM

Bowties add a nice look but with those smaller cracks that don’t exit the end of the board, I usually just fill them with epoxy. Haven’t had one open up yet. Do NOT use wood filler.

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 01:15 AM

The proper term would be dutchman joint


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