I ust did some last weekend on an Ethan Allan piece. The splits were
open (up to 1/8 inch and 2-3inches long) and I could not pull them back
together with clamps. Even if I could, the amount of pressure being
used indicated that a glue joint would just pull apart again. I found
that I could make wedges of wood that I could slide into the openings.
Then I just used yellow carpenters glue to hold them in place. I did
have trouble getting them to take stain. I would suggest that anybody
using this technique fit the pieces and stain them before using the
glue. After the glue dries, you can top coat them.
David Emery wrote:
Use Hot Stuff - it is the equivalent to Krazy Glue and works perfectly. It
as dilute as water and will get into every part of your cracks. I have
never had a joint come apart using Hot Stuff. Available from Lee Valley.
Several types but typically you can purchase a bow-tie / butterfly template
or make one out of some 1/4" material (hardboard, lexan, plywood) and
purchase an inlay kit for your router. Try here to see it
And here to see the brass router guide http://tinyurl.com/pn1c
After you make the butterfly's, you then place the template over the area
where you want to inlay the butterfly. Typically, I make mine about 1/4"
thick from walnut, ash or maple - depending on the look I want. Rout out the
inlay area, clean up the corners with chisel or razor blade and then glue in
the butterfly. With it positioned across the crack, it prevents the crack
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