Reclaimed wood and knotholes

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Forum topic by DamianOgre posted 08-01-2014 02:01 AM 771 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2014 02:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak knothole milling refurbishing

I am redoing my basement steps with old oak boards that were left overs from an amish barn. Its all rough, but most of it is very thick and needs a lot of work.
I have my first board all cleaned up and it looks nice, 1” thick, 4’x10”
There is one open knothole in the board about 1/3 of from the left and almost in the middle of board. It can’t be more then 1 inch wide. I don’t think this is a problem and kinda like the look. This oak board is heavy as heck
My wife on the other hand thinks that the knothole is a safety problem and the board will crack in two and someone will be hurt.
Any thoughts.

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#1 posted 08-01-2014 02:43 AM

I have has success mixing TBIII glue with the saw dust from the same wood I’m repairing,and filling the hole with it,then sand it. it looks more natural than inserting a dowel,or filling with epoxy .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 08-01-2014 03:00 AM

Fill them with epoxy. Add some dye to the epoxy that will match your house

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