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Forum topic by sphayden posted 07-31-2013 01:54 AM 1025 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2013 01:54 AM

I’m building a cherry bed and cutting the headboard parts now. This cherry board I got has a crack. I filled it with epoxy, as well as the knot next to it. I don’t really like it. I don’t think it will make it into my project. Was that the right way to fill it, or is the crack just too big?

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#1 posted 07-31-2013 02:00 AM

I personally thiknk that’s a big crack. if it’s for a part that will not be visible- that’s an OK fix, but for a headboard piece, I’d put it aside for a future project where you can work around it, and use a clean board for the headboard (lots of boards in this sentence)...

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 02:17 AM

I’m not sure how well this will work for you, but I’ve fixed some cracks with the following method:

- Get some medium CA
- Get a good pool on top of the crack
- Get a shop vac and put it underneath
- Keep adding some CA until it stops sucking through
- Clamp it HARD
- Let it sit overnight
- No more crack


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#3 posted 07-31-2013 02:34 AM

I’ve used the vacuum fix with CA glue and it really does work. However there is probably a better use for this piece somewhere else or some other project. Between the crack & the knot, it’s not worth the trouble.

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#4 posted 07-31-2013 04:48 AM

I see things like this as an opportunity to do inlays from turquoise, or malechite, or anything you like really.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 11:04 PM

With all the figure and bark inclusions I’d recommend saving it for another project as well; it’s too likely (opinion, of course) to continue cracking, even in another direction; and, solidifying this point may stress another into cracking. Nice wood, you’ll get a good use for it.

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#6 posted 08-04-2013 01:38 PM

Yeah, I’m not going to use it for this one. Cherry is expensive, I’ll definitely use it in another project.

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