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394 days ago

Proposed drawer front for my kitchen. The very last of my thoroughly dried and acclimated Cherry stock.

The knot fell out and left a 3/8” hole. I cut a custom plug, shaped it a bit, and hammered it in.
It would be the only knot in the kitchen so far, but if I don’t do it I have to go out and buy more wood, let it acclimimate, etc… Plus it’s the match to the drawer front next to it (around the inside corner).

Let if fly or buy a new board?

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#1 posted 394 days ago

where’s the patch?

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#2 posted 394 days ago

I have done worse, looks fine to me.

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#3 posted 394 days ago

Let fly for now and see how it looks. Be prepared to buy new stock and mil a new drawer front. For me it all depends on what SWMBO/LOML has to say about it.

-- - Terry

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#4 posted 394 days ago

No problem…. a good thick coat of white latex paint will cover it up!

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#5 posted 394 days ago

Seems to me that the fact that you are asking is because you are not happy with it. To me it looks fine and would let it go, but to you it will always be there and drive you nuts….. :-) You will not see the kitchen your ayes will go straight to the knot…..

There is another fix where you drill a hole, and fill it with saw dust and glue or epoxy and then paint the “grain”, but if you are not practiced with this technique you will make it more obvious.

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#6 posted 394 days ago

I say let it fly, but I wont be the one looking at it every day.

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#7 posted 394 days ago

I would try and hide the knot completely with a bigger patch/Dutchman if it bothers you. I wouldn’t get another board since its got the contiguous grain. I personally wouldn’t change a thing. Wood is beautiful and as my wife always tells me “I like the knots they add character”.

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#8 posted 394 days ago

I’d like to see the board in context before deciding.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#9 posted 394 days ago

@ cessna:
none of the fronts are installed yet. but this piece would be separated by 3” of inside corner face frame from it’s mating piece, so not really a big deal.

this knot though is literally the only one in the entire kitchen so far, otherwise it wouldn’t bother me at all.

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#10 posted 394 days ago

Get a new board. That’s a very cheap fix for a knot that is going to drive you nuts for years and years to come. Put that board in the pile and it will be used for a project down the road…dont you need some matching trivets anyways?

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#11 posted 394 days ago

My concern is where the knot lands overall…

Would it draw your attention as you enter the room? As the only knot, it may…

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#12 posted 394 days ago

I have had success hiding small areas like that with CAREFUL application of oil artist paint. Then just finish over it normally and it is a much better match. I use the technique all the time an I have never had anyone even notice the mistakes. If you don’t like it or cant get it right you can take it right off and try again.

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#13 posted 394 days ago

The knot adds character..after all, it is wood…

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#14 posted 394 days ago

Like we used to say at the cabinet shop I worked at, “It’s not going in my house!”. I say you have to make the desicion. If your going to loose sleep over it or stare at it while your eating supper and miss your mouth, than by all means go buy another board. I personally like having some character from the wood, but if all the rest is clear cherry with no knots and that is what you want them buy a board and get er done!

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#15 posted 394 days ago

Thanks fellas.
Going to make one more attempt by drilling a 1/2” hole and trying to plug it with a non-knot piece of Cherry and see how to looks.
Probably will wind up getting a new board.

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