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12-15-2013 04:49 PM

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 12-15-2013 04:53 PM

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 12-15-2013 04:57 PM

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

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 05:01 PM

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 12-15-2013 05:17 PM

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 12-15-2013 05:23 PM

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 12-15-2013 05:59 PM

What’s baking soda for?

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#7 posted 12-15-2013 06:21 PM


-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#8 posted 12-15-2013 06:45 PM

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

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#9 posted 12-15-2013 06:54 PM

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.

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#10 posted 12-15-2013 07:00 PM

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 12-15-2013 07:38 PM

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.

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#12 posted 12-16-2013 01:51 AM

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.

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#13 posted 12-16-2013 02:44 AM

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

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