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Forum topic by TimL posted 09-15-2011 11:06 PM 1220 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2011 11:06 PM

I didn’t double check my settings and WHAMMO! Instant wreckage of a beutiful piece of figured and spalted piece of cherry. I will never admit it but there may have been a few tears. So now that I have a sizeable ding how do I fix it. The spot will be under a color since it is a logo area but what will stick and not flake out later. I know if I was using a chisel instead of a CNC this would not have happened but then I would have been asking how to get blood stains off my carving instead of this. Does anyone know how to correctly fill this to make it all better?

And yes yes, some of you may feel the project was a tosser already since it was a Steelers sign, but I do live in Steelers country. :)

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#1 posted 09-15-2011 11:21 PM

I’ve heard that soaking the ding with water will cause it to swell. I also heard of some people useing an iron in addition to the water and of people using steam somehow to get rid of steams. I do not know if these would work for fine woodworking or if it will change the appearence of the wood or if the wood will shrink again when it dries.

Maybe another LJ will know what to do.

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 11:28 PM

@pariswoodworking – I agree with your method. I should have clarified, the “ding” is more of a missing chunk. I have used the clothes iron to steam out stuff before but this one, not so much. Thank you for your input.

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 11:38 PM

I can’t tell by the picture if this is feasible but a method I’ve used on furniture and such is flatten out the area and glue a piece of wood in the space and the re-work the area as intended. The piece you glue ideally is a piece you cut off (scrap) making matching – or nearly matching – the surrounding work. The area you flatten does not need to level just flat for a good strong glueing.

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 11:39 PM

Since its being painted, if it was me, I would use a product called Durhams Rock Putty. I can get it at the local ACE and Home Depot. You just mix it with a little water and it will fill pretty much everything.

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#5 posted 09-16-2011 12:48 AM

I don’t think steam will work on that. I agree with roundabout. If you’re going to paint it, just use Bondo to fill it. Sand it down & paint.

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