|Forum topic by bues0022||posted 10-07-2016 02:55 PM||375 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
10-07-2016 02:55 PM
I’m making a Hal Taylor / Sam Maloof inspired rocking chair (for a long time now, almost 6 years). So, here’s the deal. My seat is a sandwich of walnut/spalted maple/walnut (about 1.125” / 0.75 / 0.125” thick each). It probably does not come as much of a surprise for those more seasoned than myself, that the spalted maple continues to crack/move with humidity changes (remember, 6 years on the chair now). I’ve filled the cracks with epoxy a couple times over the past years, then sanded them down again as the swelling, humid wood pushes the epoxy fill out.
I have a bit of a wild idea to help stabilize the seat pan – super glue. Woodturners use it often as a finish, why can’t I? It soaks into the wood, will help stabilize the weaker/softer parts of the wood. After application, I can give a light sand to re-smooth any bubbled areas. And, after the seat-pan is super-glued, I can put my “normal” finish over the top to give the correct sheen as the rest of the chair (yes, I know it won’t soak in).
A potential problem I can see, is how do I apply it quick enough so I won’t get funny looking streaks. Just applying a super glue is going to be tricky, and I’ll have to work very fast (unless someone knows of another CA that is very thin that has a longer open working time).
I have images of my seat pan attached. There’s a thin line of black epoxy ringing the spalted maple, so it’ll provide an easy point to stop the glue.
I know it’s unconventional, and a bit off-the-wall. But, what do you think?
-- Ryan -- Delano, MN