HELP! Please. End Table Cracks

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03-22-2009 05:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question refurbishing crack bowtie

I need some help please. My neighbor brought this end table over today and wants to know how to repair and stop the cracks from getting worse.

Here is a pic of the table:

THere are craks in both ends:

As you can see, the bottom is not finished.

Is there any way to close up the cracks, or should i just try to fill with glue, use bowtie inlays,or just live with them?

My neighbor said they could live with the cracks they just don’t want them getting any bigger.

It looks like it is drying out from too many yaers here in arizona. ( But it’s a dry heat. Ha Ha)

Any one have any suggestions? I am open to try anything.

Thanks in advance for the help.


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#1 posted 03-22-2009 06:52 AM

I don’t believe that you will ever get them closed. In my estimation I’d say use bow ties to accentuate them.

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#2 posted 03-22-2009 07:18 AM

It the piece is in danger of cracking clear apart I would put some bow ties in. Other wise the only other thing you can do is wait until they stablize (stop cracking further) and then fill them with a matching or decorative filler, colored epoxy or wood filler. I know one fellow who gets the fine brass filings from the key duplicator machine at the hardware store, mixes them with epoxy or thick super glue and fills the crack with it. The brass makes a nice decorative accent.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 03-22-2009 02:59 PM

I, too, can see a couple of complementary bow ties AND some accenting crack fillers.


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#4 posted 03-22-2009 03:21 PM

Hey Les I am a locksmith and have tons of brass shavings available. The ones you want are from the KeyCode machines. It cuts a little brass at a time instead of a copy machine that cuts more material in each pass.

I filled a routed coffee cup in a door front using the brass dust and CA. Never thought of crack filling.

I can send some Scrappy if you want to try that. Let me know.

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#5 posted 03-22-2009 04:05 PM

That looks like a solid piece of wood. I would say if it older than a couple of years old that it probably will not get any worse. If it is newer than that then I would say the wood is drying out and it is cracking. In that case, you may as well wait until it stabilizes before you try to do any to it. If you don’t wait for stabilization, then it will only get worse, even with the fix in place. You are not going to stop nature from changing that wood. If it wants to split more, it will.

Good luck,

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#6 posted 03-22-2009 06:19 PM

Thanks for the information every one. It is what I thought, Wait for it to stabilize, then put in filler and bowties.

Mike, Yes I would like some of those shavings, if you don’t mind. Will message you my info. Thanks


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