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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 01-30-2012 12:28 AM 1168 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2012 12:28 AM

This weekend I was able to visit Hearne Hardwoods in Oxford PA (great place) and I picked up a large 8/4 cherry slab that is roughly 7” long and 2” wide. They had it on sale due to a large knot and some edge rot. I plan on building a coffee table out of the slab and was hoping to do natural edge but I don’t think I can with the edge rot. I think that I will use a jig saw to trace the natural flow of the piece while getting rid of the rot. My question is regarding the large knot hole. The pieces in the knot are there but very loose so I wanted to lock them in by filling the hole with epoxy then flattening the piece. What type of epoxy should I use and are there any secrets to filling in knot holes while preserving the loose center?


I will try to get a picture later to post of the piece.

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 03:15 AM

Here are two ways to handle a knot in cherry

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 04:38 AM

I’ve filled loose knots with two part epoxy from Lowes and it worked just fine, I’m sure its not as good (no pun intended) as West System but its a lot cheaper to buy in such a small amount. I’ve also filled them with inlay. I guess it depends on the look you want.

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#3 posted 02-05-2012 11:53 AM

I use a cheap 5 minute two part from ACE, mix in some sawdust from the piece, tape the bottom with green tape, mix the sawdust with the epoxy and dab it in and leave a tad overfull. After it begins to harden but before it gets really hart, use a chisel to get it close to smooth. Then fine sand and finish anyway you want. If you wind up with a really groty pitch pocket, cut it out, fill with epoxy and do as above. Worke well.


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