|Forum topic by bues0022||posted 06-28-2011 10:48 PM||882 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
06-28-2011 10:48 PM
I’m working on a rocking chair seat. It is laminated layers of spalted maple and Walnut. Some of you may have seen me ask questions on this before, but I have a problem. The top layer of walnut did not glue well with the maple beneath it. When I went to carve out the seat pan, a very ugly glue joint was revealed. To combat this, I have decided to carve out a small portion around the joint, and fill it with a black border – turning a screw-up into a design feature (if you don’t know about the goof up). So, how do I best go about this?
I was first thinking of mixing some black dye (source unknown) with some epoxy and use that to fill the gap. However, the epoxy will be fairly viscous before setting up, and I’m worried it won’t sit well in the spot where I need it. Then I though about mixing the epoxy with some pine sawdust in order to thicken it up, but am worried the pine may not soak up the epoxy/dye mixture and will finish funny. Then, What about mixing the dye with some wood filler? Wood filler (at least the kind I’ve used) seems fairly soft, even when fully cured. I don’t want this to dent/chip easily down the road.
I know I’m not the first to run into a problem like this. Any suggestions for a filler? A picture below is included to show where the filler has to go – the lighter “carved” portion right between the different woods. Due to the irregularity of the carving, I’m not going to attempt a solid fill like a piece of stained birch – it’ll never fit right. I need some kind of putty-like moldable filler – and black. It’s approximately 1/8” tall by 1/8” deep, and an angle between (triangle with the hypotenuse exposed). Thanks for the help.
-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN