Epoxy or Butterfly

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by crashman posted 07-01-2014 01:11 PM 891 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View crashman's profile


124 posts in 1768 days

07-01-2014 01:11 PM

Hello LJ’S, Looking for a bit of advice/experience. I am building a table top out of 2” thick book matched kiln dried Walnut. There is a knot on each side of the book matched table top with about a 4” crack from the drying process. My question is should I fill the crack w System 3 Epoxy? or inlay a butterfly across the crack to contain it, or maybe both?? The Walnut was kiln dried about 3 years ago so should be dry by now. I have no experience with this type of build & will appreciate any suggestions. Thanks in advance for your response.

-- Jack R. Ellis

6 replies so far

View johnstoneb's profile


2105 posts in 1595 days

#1 posted 07-01-2014 01:39 PM

I would do both. The epoxy will fill the crack. The butterfly will contain it and keep it from widening.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

View Gary's profile


8965 posts in 2856 days

#2 posted 07-01-2014 02:00 PM


-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

View DocSavage45's profile


7656 posts in 2265 days

#3 posted 07-01-2014 03:33 PM

From what I’ve seen regarding this question: The suggestions to do both are what my first response was. A butterfly used to be called a Dutchman” as referenced to a functional repair. They have become symbols of added character, but it would really depend on the furniture style of the build.

I would practice doing both to see the results for myself in my skill in achieving it? LOL! And the overall look of the piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View mahdee's profile


3465 posts in 1190 days

#4 posted 07-01-2014 05:08 PM

You also can insert an inlay of say, cherry to fill the crack. I have a 3” thick walnut desk on my project where I used a piece of cherry to fill the void. You mentioned 4” crack, do you mean 4” long or 4” wide?


View bigblockyeti's profile


3581 posts in 1143 days

#5 posted 07-01-2014 05:14 PM

Have to agree with DocSavage, if the look suits the build and you don’t mind the extra work, then go for it. From a structure standpoint (assuming the crack isn’t very wide) epoxy alone should suffice, and it could be dyed too.

View crashman's profile


124 posts in 1768 days

#6 posted 07-01-2014 09:45 PM

Thanks Guys. I am going to use some Cherry inlays in some other cracks in these slabs, just didn’t know how that would work in a knot, the crack is 4” long, maybe a little over 1/8th wide. I think I have made up my mind to do butterflies & epoxy both. Only want to do it once if you know what I mean…........................Thanks

-- Jack R. Ellis

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics