Turning Archive 2005

Filling deep checks

Gary Evans, Tallassee, TN
>Hi all,

Yesterday I cut a big dogwood standing dead in my woods. The stump is over 12" in diameter. The tree was so big that while I have watched it die over the past several years, I never even thought about the idea that it might be dogwood.

Anyway, the sections that I cut have some surface checks that go down as much as a couple of inches into the log. I would like to try filling these before I cut the wood up into blanks. I know CA is thin enough to ensure complete penetration of the cracks, but what should I use for color that I can be sure will go all the way to the bottom, particularly on the really narrow ones?

Also, I have seen mention of using vacuum to force epoxy into narrow cracks. Anybody have any experience with this?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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