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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 09-06-2017 05:59 PM 420 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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leftcoaster

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09-06-2017 05:59 PM

I have a panel of beautifully figured cherry. There are a couple of gaps that I’d like to fill. The finishing plan is

BLO, then garnet shellac, then poly

Is there something I can use as a filler that will look good and continue to look good as the cherry darkens? Or do I have to stain to achieve that?

Separately… I used dominos to align the boards for the panels (there are several). I then had to cut the panel down to size—it’s a geometric shape—and had bad luck on one—a domino is visible at the edge. I could take my lumps and leave it be. Alternately I could try to chisel it out and then use filler. Curious what others would do.

This is a piece for personal use so it’s not like there’s a customer complaint brewing.


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#1 posted 09-06-2017 06:01 PM

got photos

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leftcoaster

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#2 posted 09-06-2017 06:03 PM

Hi Charles—I’ll get one tonight, thanks!

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#3 posted 09-07-2017 03:00 AM

put the exposed domino against the wall, chalk it up to experience, and don’t tell anyone else!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#4 posted 09-08-2017 12:41 AM



put the exposed domino against the wall, chalk it up to experience, and don t tell anyone else!

- TungOil

Or put the exposed domino at the front and call it a feature

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#5 posted 09-08-2017 01:09 AM


put the exposed domino against the wall, chalk it up to experience, and don t tell anyone else!

- TungOil

Or put the exposed domino at the front and call it a feature

- Roy Turbett

Roy, I think you’re onto something.

Add a matching exposed domino on the other side, and tell everyone “yeah, I used exposed domino joinery in this one. I really like the look”. You could start a new trend!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#6 posted 09-08-2017 01:36 AM

Cherry tends to get little pitch pockets, which show as dark spots. Not sure if your panel has any, but I’d tend to want to fill any gaps with black dyed epoxy. Cherry gets darker over time, and the repair will become less noticeable over time and in a few decades be nearly invisible.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#7 posted 09-08-2017 02:21 AM



Cherry tends to get little pitch pockets, which show as dark spots. Not sure if your panel has any, but I d tend to want to fill any gaps with black dyed epoxy. Cherry gets darker over time, and the repair will become less noticeable over time and in a few decades be nearly invisible.

- sawdustdad


+1

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#8 posted 09-08-2017 02:29 AM

I would fix the domino on this table so that if it happens again or another similar repair is needed you have some practice. It might be as easy as leaving the domino and disguising it with black epoxy to look like pitch pockets or maybe make a patch to practice matching grain, etc…

Personal pieces are great to try new things on.

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#9 posted 09-09-2017 12:13 AM

Epoxy with black pigment (lamp black) mixed in works well on cherry as a filler.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#10 posted 09-09-2017 12:19 AM

Used epoxy with black pigment. Looks good!

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#11 posted 09-09-2017 12:24 AM

You could rout out the domino area and the gaps about 1/8” and fit some cherry into the openings.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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