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05-17-2016 05:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak wood filler

Hi- I am finishing my red oak bark inclusion tabletop and I need to fill some voids, some of which are spots where the bark is missing, and others are basic stress splits. I don’t think that mixing glue and saw dust will work but I could be wrong. I need something more durable than a putty too.. any ideas would be appreciated… thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 05-17-2016 05:38 PM

Epoxy will work. I’ve used it to fill small knot holes and imperfections.

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#2 posted 05-17-2016 05:47 PM

do you mean clear epoxy and add color to it? or is there actually a red oak epoxy?

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#3 posted 05-17-2016 05:50 PM

Epoxy, but not that stuff that comes in tubes at the BORG. Get some real epoxy. It has a slight amber tint to it, and you can mix it with sawdust to darken it a bit and match the surrounding wood better.

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 05-17-2016 06:48 PM

Hi Brad, forgive me but I am not sure what real epoxy is. Is there a brand or anything that I can look up. thanks

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#5 posted 05-17-2016 06:50 PM

I see some possibilities now on utube..

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#6 posted 05-17-2016 06:58 PM

LOL – well, I guess I shouldn’t have said ‘real’ epoxy, as the stuff in the syringes at the BORG is real epoxy, but it’s typically been thickened to use more as an adhesive. I guess you could use one of those if you get one that isn’t already colored (white and grey seem to be the most popular colors for those)... but it might not flow into the smaller spaces like a standard two part epoxy would. Maybe I should have said ‘neat’ epoxy (straight epoxy without any fillers). As for brands, West System and System Three seem to be the most popular (and expensive), but there are others out there that will work just as well. I’m sure others will chime in with their particular brand choice.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#7 posted 05-17-2016 07:11 PM

I’ve used the small tubes of consumer epoxy for filling voids with good results. Make sure to buy the two ton clear epoxy (I like the Devcon brand), as it is thin enough to flow into smaller crevices and will give you enough work time to actually do something. Do NOT get the “5 Minute” epoxy for the exact reasons Brad mentions—it is too thick to flow and will harden too quickly. I am sure that West Systems or similar is better, but the hardware store stuff does work if you get the right one and just need a small amount.

Sawdust works for coloring the epoxy, or I frequently use Testor model paint. It comes in a multitude of colors, is cheap and easy to find and it only takes a drop or two to color a decent amount of epoxy.

Good luck.

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#8 posted 05-17-2016 08:24 PM

Ok, now were getting somewhere..thanks guys!

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#9 posted 08-10-2016 06:49 PM

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