Hi All -
First of all, sorry for the long-ish post. My problem is easy to describe
when looking at it, but is a bit convoluted to describe in words.
Looking for some suggestions on repairing a piece of walnut - it's the end
of part of the top frame of a canopy bed. Basically the tip of one of the
horizontal supports has split off. Roughly a 1" by 2" triangular piece.
The "bonus" is that this is part of the support that sits on top of one of
the posts and has a hole in the middle of it where a doweled finial sits,
holding the support in place on top of the post. The split took out about
1/2 of the hole. (Imagine a ladder sitting on top of four posts. Each end
of the ladder, and each post, has a hold that a dowel fits into to hold the
ladder onto the post. One of the ends of the ladder has split so the hole
is now a semi-circle, and the dowel won't hold it onto the post.)
The dimension of the piece (which is basically a half-lap) is about 1/2"
thick by 2" wide by 3" long. I call it a half lap because this part of the
frame is thinner than the rest to allow it to sit down on top of the post.
I don't think the weight that the frame supports is that great. The frame
itself is pretty light, and the cloth that goes on top is not heavy
This is a pretty old piece of furniture, hand made by my friend's father.
My friend has passed it along to her daughter, so she wants to make it
functional again. The joint itself is hidden from view, so there's a bit of
margin away from perfection.
Because the split is so irregular, and there isn't much to work with in
general, I'd like to avoid crafting a piece of walnut to fit the piece.
Ditto with cutting the end off and replacing with another. (To complicate
matters, there's a slight curve to the piece.)
Here's my question.
Could I shape fast-setting liquid epoxy to do the job? It won't be bonding
anything together, just basically being used to form a piece on top of
existing wood. Is there a putty-type epoxy or filler that would work better
than the liquid? Or some other material that would be strong and easily
I guess what I'm trying to do is similar to applying auto bondo to a big
dent, and will sand/paint to match. Except this will have to hold a bit of
Thanks in advance for any thoughts or suggestions!