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04-15-2013 03:08 PM

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I’m doing several BS boxes & have one that has a crack that I’m concerned may allow a chunk to break off. I’d hate to lose the box since the wood is so nice. I could do nothing & hope for the best, but looking for suggestions…
Would putting in some thin CA glue help stabilize this? See photos. Other thoughts?

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 03:23 PM

I can’t tell, WNC, if there’s anything at risk here but even aesthetically it would be nice not to have to stare at it.

I’d be inclined to do 5 minute epoxy with appropriate sawdust (from sanding) mixed in. Force it into the crack and leave it a little proud. When it’s been cured, maybe overnight, then you can scrape and sand it flush.

CA glue would also work but if the end grain shows, CA can be a problem. It likes to go into those end cells and then then don’t finish the same color as the rest.



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#2 posted 04-15-2013 03:28 PM

I agree epoxy is one way to go or you can widen the crack buy using a back saw and then glue a thin piece of wood that matches the color and grain of the area around the crack.

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 05:16 PM

Appreciate the comments Jim & Lee… the “crack” is very narrow & follows the spalting in the maple. I haven’t had much luck with gluing thin piece in so will pass on cutting it wider & trying that. Not sure on the epoxy, but I sure have the saw dust!
Actually the crack isn’t too noticeable since it follows the grain. Think I’d just feel better if it was “sealed”.

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#4 posted 04-15-2013 06:04 PM

Epoxy is an option but if I ran across this I’d dump wood glue and let it seep into the crack then come back over it with the wood sawdust and seal the crack making it invisible, the wood glue will hold it strong.

easiest way is poor choice of wood glue be it tightbond or other flavor then while the glue is still wet, take a sanding plane and sand over it the dust will fall into the glue thus covering and hiding it.

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#5 posted 04-16-2013 05:30 PM

Blackie – since the width of crack is so narrow, would thinning the tightbond a little with water be an option?

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