My cherry table frame is assembled and I was doing some final sanding and
noticed a small crack up at the top of one of the legs. It can be seen form
the top and the side of the leg. I am guessing it was there all along, I
just never noticed it until now. I don't think it was anything I did wrong,
but It bugs the crap out of me. It is only a hair line crack. I took a
little glue and fine cherry saw dust and made a paste and worked it into the
crack with my finger pretty good. I let it dry and sanded and scraped. I
also applied glue to the top of the leg and worked it in. From the side,
the repair blends in well with the grain and is barely noticeable.
My question is this: Do I have to worry about this sucker opening up over
time? If it opens up I think I would be able to clamp it back with a little
glue and maybe rout a groove across the crack on top of the leg and inlay a
piece of wood 90 to the crack. I'm pissed.
My second question is: Does this kind of crap always happen with a project?
It seems that there is always something that goes wrong that appears to be
out of my control.
no, that's only one option..
The other is send it to me.. I'll put the leg with the ugly deformity against
the wall where it won't be noticed..
If all else fails, I'm sure that a little black latex will hide the brads until
the glue dries..
If it were easy everybody would be doing it.
You could set up a jig for your router and create a deep mortise in the
top of the leg and glue in a plug with polyurethane glue. Just make
sure the grain of the plug is going the same direction as the grain in
the leg, and if possible set the mortise at least a quarter of an inch
from the outside edge of the leg, other wise a thin bit of material
will just split away in another spot when the wood decides to move
again. Good Luck!
Part of the joy of furniture building is the oppertunity to solve
problems. That is why I gave up my job in industry, to do it full time
years ago. Just didn't want to take another order for the same old
blah, blah, blah, widgit. Give me a tough problem to solve anyday over
On the other hand, I notice minor anomalies in my pieces, and others,
because my eye is trained for it. My wife and I went to visit some
relatives who had lived in their house for four years, but had never
noticed that half of the turned posts in the balcony railing had been
installed up-side down.
Think of it as adding character.
With any project there will always be several items that don't go quite
the you'd planned. Thus the need for creative engineering, adaptation,
and ingenious repair. ;-)
...about the best you can do with something like that.
Yes. Best bet, leave it alone, let it shrink to where it will, fill the
fissure someday with colored wax or colored shellac. Shellac's a little
more elegant, wax is easier.
You obviously failed to pray to Ganesh, the god of luck and wisdom, before
starting the project. You might also want to make an offering to the Tiki
gods to help defend against checking sprites in the future.
Hope this helps!
A common solution I have used a few times is to fit a patch or
dutchman. Not as hard as it sounds. Chisel out a shallow groove say
1/8-1/4 inch, find a piece of matchin wood grain and color, use a
matching glue color, glue it in, plane or sand it off and voila, a lot
of times you can't see it wothout a magnifying glass and not likely to
Oh yeah, I pretty much only cuse crystal clear 5 minute epoxy (from a
hobby store) mixed with as much matching sawdust as possible to fill
it, then heat it a little to get out air bubble , leave it rounded on
top or several layers as it shrinks a little.
I always notice this stuff too, but realize no one else will.
Hope that helps,
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