I like to incorporate some goofy pieces of wood into my work. Many of them have structural issues or voids that need to be addressed before they can be used in a project. Epoxy works great for filling and stabilizing knots, cracks, voids, and other defects in wood.
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Do you have to completely clean out the knot before filling it?
No, the epoxy is thin enough to penetrate and encapsulate any dirt or debris.
Matt are you Maltese??
Yes, my Dad was born in Valletta
I am from St Julian’s Malta
Matt, will this stop rot? I have a piece that was rotting inside. Was thinking of filling it to stop the rot.
It should if you can get the rotted area fully saturated
I recently received some “FREE” rough cut walnut and cherry, 6-8″ wide by 8′ boards. They have a lot of checks/cracks, some go almost all the way thru their length. How far can l go using epoxy to fill/repair these problems, or I’m I better off ripping, jointing, and glue them together again
You can go pretty far with it and fill all the defects to end up with structurally sound material. I look at it as more of an aesthetic decision.
Matt, I have a 60″ long live edge walnut slab. It’s a 7/4 thick piece and there is an 18″ long crack, 5/32″ wide starting at one cut end. The 2 adjacent surfaces are about 3/32″ out of plane at the cut edge across the crack, but otherwise the slab is very flat. I’m thinking of temporarily clamping a straight edge across to remove the slight twist and then filling the crack with epoxy. Do you the epoxy will resist the twist and hold? Or do I just fill as is and re-surface.?
The epoxy will hold but you might have a bit of spring back. I’d try the holding it flat thing and just resurface after the epoxy sets if necessary.
Awesome. Thanks Matt.
What trans tint color do you use for black walnut?
Hi Matt! Timy Mac, The Maker Apprentice hereI Never used epoxy so I need some guidance. I’m using 100+ year old oak barn wood for two end table tops. They have a few voids, pest damage, ect., but nothing that goes all the way through the stock. Should I rough cut to finished size and then epoxy the voids or go ahead and fill the voids and then rough cut. I’m having to decide where to cut the boards out of the stock so I don’t have to use so much epoxy. Make sense?
It’s much easier to fill first and accept some epoxy waste but if you are concerned about it, cut everything to final size and then do your filling.
question: have you ever filled a crack with epoxy after you have installed a butterfly? if so, did you like the look, or did it detract from the logic of even having a butterfly?
If I’m going to do that, I’ll fill with epoxy first and then install the butterfly. This keeps the epoxy from ghosting into the grain of the butterfly which keeps it looking crisp. The overall look depends on the application but I like having the cracks filled and stabilized with epoxy and adding butterflies just for show.
can a cured epoxy void on an edge be routered and cut on table saw?
Yes, it machines easily
Hi, I recently got a large piece of wood that I am going to use as a vanity top. I am wondering if you have ever used glass beads or objects in large voids before the epoxy as a decorative look and does anything different need to be done?
I haven’t as it’s not a look that I particularly like but nothing needs to be done differently. The only thing to concern yourself with is keeping the objects submerged if they would have a tendency to float.
Matt, great post. I tried this and it worked very well. I’m a total amateur too. One question: sanding dulled the epoxy quite a bit. Will my top coat (varathane take care of that or something else needed to make it shine a bit more?
The top coat will bring back a lot of the sheen but if you’re using a clear fill that you want to not look cloudy, you’d need to polish the epoxy to a minimum of 1000 grit. Thanks!
Planning a cherry wood project and will be using your methods to fill checks and cracks in the lumber. My plan was to finish the project with Waterlox original finish. How do you think this will work over the epoxy repairs?
Waterlox shouldn’t have an issue adhering to the epoxy.
Hi Matt, love your videos! I am building a media center from hickory and want to use some “character” boards for door panels, one of which has a knot that is just perfect in size and placement, however, it has a void that is rather large. My question is: do I fill with west system expoxy before I run through thicknes planer of after? Thanks in advance, and looking forward to your future posts!
Whenever possible, I fill before dimensioning. The epoxy will support the fibers as they are being planed so you wont get any tear or chip out and the epoxy will be all cleaned up once surfaced. thanks!
what tape do you use to keep the epoxy where you want it to stay. thank you
Most of the time, I’ll use painter’s tape but for larger fills, I’ll use sheathing tape
I need some advice Matt.
I built a coffee table out of some old fir beams that I milled down in the spring. The moisture content was good so I glued it and pocket screwed all the seams together. Sanded down to 180 and did a few layers of epoxy to fill the cracks. After being inside for a month it’s developing small cracks throughout the piece. What should I do?
I’m guessing it’s drying some more now that it’s inside. I’d give it another month and then fill all the new cracks with epoxy.
Nice name by the way haha. I’m having my first experience with using Epoxy resin. I’m using west system 105 resin with 206 hardener with a jet black dye. I’m using it to fill in a few red gum slabs for some tables. I need some help. How bad is it if the resin I’ve poured in is overfilled? I’ve filled my cracks and defects but some I have overfilled by a little bit. Is this a problem? Can it scraped off after it’s cured and sanded. Just looking for some advice and tips to help me out. If you could be any help it would be awesome.
Totally fine. I aim to overfill when I’m using it. sand it flush and it’ll look perfect. Thanks!
First time using epoxy to fill voids. I filled all of my voids in the White Oak boards I am using for a table top. The next day, a few of the voids soaked in more epoxy while drying and are now below the surface of the wood.
Is it okay to add more epoxy to the already cured epoxy?
yes, you can build on top of previous applications. Thanks!