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yellowtruck75

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03-11-2012 10:13 PM

I am in the process of completing another Maloof rocker and my headrest has developed a small crack in the top. The crack is maybe 2 inches long. I can’t start over with the headrest so what are my options to prevent it from cracking more? Should i fill it with glue and sand the remained off?

Chair is made of black walnut.


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Loren

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 10:25 PM

ugh. Fill with cyanoacrylate glue and spray with accelerator.
Sand and repeat as needed.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 10:25 PM

How about using Epoxy that has been mixed with India Ink or lampblack to fill the crack?
That’s the way the wood is… It’s hard to fool Mother Nature… :)

Nice chair!

Love it!

I will be starting my two Maloof inspired Dining chairs pretty soon… as soon as I get my shop squared away…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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NewEnglandsWoodWorks

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 10:32 PM

I would fill it with CA glue and then rub in some of the walnut sawdust, wait for it to dry then sand. Will look like the rest of the headrest.

Hope this helps!

-Brett

-- Brett

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yellowtruck75

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 10:56 PM

Great idea I will try the CA glue and saw dust tomorrow.

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 11:07 PM

When making my chair I uncovered a void in the seat, I used epoxy mixed with walnut sanding dust. It worked beautifully. If you plan on using CA, I would try it on a test piece and then put some finish on to sea how it looks. Another option is to mix some hard wood charcoal with epoxy to fill it.

Take a look at the third pic, left side of seat.
Click for details

Here is a pic of the void before filling.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 01:07 AM

Tim,

Do you have an After picture?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Tim Dahn

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#7 posted 03-12-2012 01:56 AM

Joe , I ground the seat 1/8” deeper then filled it with the epoxy/walnut dust. here is a pic of the void in the finished seat:

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 03-12-2012 03:22 AM

Tim,

OMG… I see a very small short line just about in the middle of the picture…

That is an AWESOME fix!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#9 posted 03-12-2012 11:24 AM

Sanding dust from your walnut, rubbed into the crack, then CA glue wicked into the sawdust will fill the crack to the bottom of it. Regular or thin CA will wick down cracks just fine. If it’s a larger crack walnut sawdust mixed with epoxy will also fill the crack and hide the fix just fine. The width of the crack depends on which glue I use. If it’s a structural crack, epoxy is the way to go. I use a popcycle stick to push it into the crack and smooth the surface.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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