Preserving a crack

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On 5/23/2016 12:01 PM, Scott Lurndal wrote:

That sounds like a good idea. Wouldn't oil wood stain work also? Or any oil paint?
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Sorry for weighing late on this. I needed to educate myself on sharing pho tos.
I built a natural edge, black walnut coffee table a couple of years back. Hopefully, you can access some photos at:
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPS_c0LNA6GMNTpBK_3NgexEQBMNYPk6hAgNjb ml4J-AXB7UNGP9RBO6-OvR1W6DA?key=YzVSWng4RkZFaUtycmJkc1JXYXN6aUF1NXNHOW13
It had voids to fill, so I experimented with different epoxies, etc. I tri ed a few 5 min. epoxies, but the results were bad since I wanted it to be w ater clear and show the filler material. In the end, I bit the bullet and bought West epoxy and I am very happy I did.
I used an inexpensive mineral that looked like turquoise, fool’s go ld and brass filings as filler material. I tried filings from a key duplic ating machine, but they were too coarse, so I just filed an old brass nut. I taped the bottom of the table and filled with inexpensive filler (Bondo, I think) to about ½” from the top. I then used the filler ma terials with the good epoxy.
I decided to add a butterfly (Dutchman) more for interest than a fear of th e crack opening up. I didn’t want to go with the traditional bowti e shape, so I did, well, a butterfly. 
My memory is a little fuzzy (getting’ old) but I’d be happy to answer questions.
Bill Leonhardt
PS I saved lots of used toner from the copy machine where I work. I thoug ht I would use it to dye epoxy and then use that for filler. The toner wou ldn’t “wet” so I don’t think this will work out.
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On Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 9:48:52 AM UTC-5, Bill Leonhardt wrote:

That looks nice.... like the turquoise contrast, too, nice choice. Good job.
Sonny
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