I <3 the smell of sawdust
Dealing with a knot
I'm building a round, black walnut kitchen table. Today, I laid out the wood to get the pieces where I want them to get the best color matching edges and the best pieces in the best possible placement.
One of the pieces of wood has about a 2" knot in it that I can't avoid, with 2 small cracks in the knot, about 1/2" long each, and maybe 1/16" gap at the widest point. Pretty small, but I'm wondering what the best way to deal with it is. The other side of the board is worse. Should I just fill the cracks (and if so, with what) or should I try to cut the knot out and find a piece of scrap to fill the hole that has the right color and graining? If anyone has tried to cut out and patch the hole, what's the best way of cutting it out? A router comes to mind first.