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Forum topic by MaroonGoon posted 09-17-2013 11:41 PM 814 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2013 11:41 PM

Hey guys, noob question here.

I’m planing down some more walnut and unfortunately revealed checks that were in the face grain. How do you guys handle situations like this? I’m afraid I can only salvage the parts that don’t have internal checking but before I split up the wood, is there a way that is common to fix or best hide these imperfections? Also, if left, do they end up causing structural issues in my furniture?

Like I said, I hate to split up my board to salvage other parts so before I do that I’d like some input.


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#1 posted 09-18-2013 12:48 AM

I have filled/sanded those to where they were invisible only to have them open up/crack several months after the project was finished. I hope that broke me of the habit! But I’m a sucker for highly figured wood like crotch walnut that often contains these defects. I have use grain filler, epoxy, and BLO sanding dust to fill these defects but they still tend to recur :(

I’ll be interested in other’s experiences.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 03:36 AM

It’s a shame because I was wanting to resaw this into two boards so i could book match and edge glue them together for a panel but I guess that’s not going to happen :-/ on the positive side I can still use the sides of the board for a couple of legs so I’m not going to lose sleep over it. Kind of frustrating though because I was so excited planing it down and BOOM…checks. My mood changed pretty quickly haha

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 03:48 AM

It looks like wind shake defects in the lumber. I agree with gfadvm that you might be able to fix it in one area only to have it appear somewhere else nearby.

-- Steve

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