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210 days ago

I made a new small tray and it has a crack in the bottom. Can’t decide if I should fill it or leave it. If I fill it I’m not sure how.

Any ideas?

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#1 posted 210 days ago

I’d think you’d wanna make some filler by mixing some glue with some sawdust from the workpiece.
But in all honesty, I’m not sure how good that would look.

I actually think the crack adds a bit of charm. I’d be tempted to just leave it and act as if it were part of the master plan.

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#2 posted 210 days ago

Have you ever wanted to do metal or stone powder inlay? Now is your chance!

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#3 posted 210 days ago

I agree with Tedstor that the crack adds character, but I’d fill it with a black epoxy to stabilize the piece and accentuate the crack as a design element.

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#4 posted 210 days ago

Thanks for the quick replice guys!

I’ve tried filling with sawdust and glue before – never seems to accept the finish the same as the surrounding wood. You’re right – it doesn’t look good. I’m intrigued with the other two ideas. Never worked either either stone powder inlay or epoxy. Instructions?

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#5 posted 210 days ago

try mixing your sawdust with medium CA glue.
Fill the crack.
Using a razor blade, level off and cover with a light coat of baking soda.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 210 days ago

What’s baking soda for?

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#7 posted 210 days ago


-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#8 posted 210 days ago

baking soda is an accelerator for the CA glue. It cures very quickly with soda.

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#9 posted 210 days ago

I would mix blue, chalk line, chalk and epoxy and fill in the void. Sand it off when set up (next day) and apply clear finish. I have done this in mesquite.

-- In God We Trust

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#10 posted 210 days ago

I would leave it unless it needs to be filled for the function it is intended for. How did you carve it out? Looks pretty good the way it is, nice radius at the bottom meeting the sides.

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#11 posted 210 days ago

I like the idea of using a product called “Inlace” or a powdered metal – both can be had at Craft Supplies USA, there are other sources but I can’t think of them right now.Copper would be a nice contrast. Would be a great way to fill and stabilize the crack.

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#12 posted 210 days ago

I would have to fill that with epoxy. Put some blue tape on the bottom to retain the epoxy, fill the crack (watching carefully for bubbles), sand smooth, and finish.

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

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#13 posted 210 days ago

Bigblock – I used a bowl cutting bit on my router.

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