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Forum topic by daves1 posted 05-18-2011 08:12 PM 882 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2011 08:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut finish filler

I am working on an outdoor bench made from a slab of walnut and it has a few small cracks and one fairly large knot (with small holes) and I was wondering if anyone can suggest a way to fill the cracks and holes prior to finishing. Also, any suggestions on types of finish. I want a gloss finish that will withstand the weather. Once again, thanks to everyone here for their help in previous projects.

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#1 posted 05-19-2011 12:50 AM

I have not done it so I have no hands on experience, but I know that epoxy is often used for this purpose.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 05-19-2011 02:37 AM

Epoxy will strength the wood, epoxy filler will work also.

Problem with Famowood or any types of wood filler sold at home center or paint store, it will eventually crack outdoor. I rather use epoxy or any marine grade filler. The reason is nothing will out stand outdoor conditions, not even a marine varnish. It needs regular maintenance.

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#3 posted 05-19-2011 05:07 AM

Fine walnut sawdust and Titebond Instant Bond [thick formula] works well to repair/fill knots. Woodcraft is proud of their spar at 35$ a quart!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 01:32 PM

Thank you all that have provided advice. I appreciate everyone taking the time. I love this site.

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#5 posted 05-19-2011 02:27 PM

another good way to finish it and still keep the nateral look is to use marine grade epoxy it is expensive but it is strong enough for wooden boats in salt water and u can mix it with saw dust 2 fill in the cracks and finally it dries clear and u can sand it with fine grit sand paper to get the gloss finish u r looking for.

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