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post #1 of 16 Old 04-13-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Knot holes

I have about 4 of these that I have t figure out what to do with. They are in top of a table I'm building. The knot fell out so there's a hole all the way through now. How would y'all go about filling these?
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Glue the knot back in.

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Epoxy it back in

It will still look better than just plugging the hole with epoxy alone. Just dye the epoxy a little darker than the knothole or just make it black.

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Simple enough....if I had them! They weren't in the boards when I got them. Was some rough cut that I got about a month ago.
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Dont tell me you throw your knots out... they make great casters.

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Wait...it's "knot" a hole...no problem!

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hmmmm

1. bandsaw your own knot, epoxy it in
2. Hole saw centered on a temporary plug, use the plug from the same holesaw to replace the missing part.
3. router and a circular template centered on the knot, just rout a round hole, cut a round plug to fill it.
4. epoxy mixed with darker sawdust.
5. treebranch plug same size as the hole after sanding
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I think I'm going to try the epoxy trick. Just die it with something pretty dark, as those knots were almost jet black. Either that or try to find a few limbs the same size as the holes and plug with those as recommended. Don't have a band saw or a circle template for my router, so that may be my easiest fix.

What do y'all recommend for epoxy?
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I think I'm going to try the epoxy trick. What do y'all recommend for epoxy?

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Drill with a forstner bit slightly larger than the knothole. Make a plug of the same wood with this kind of plug bit. Comes in sizes to make plugs that fit snugly in forstner bit holes.

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Glue the plug in and sand it down flush with the top.
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I suggest that you get out your router and get an inlay kit or use the collars and bits that you already own.

Make a template --remove the offending area---make a matching plug--glue it in---

YouTube has plenty of videos on wood inlay----It works well----Mike----
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Butterfly insert?
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I have a template that has a lot of freehand--free form shapes---I look for one that looks right for the grain and size of the knot----

I find that it's a nice way to save a board with a flaw-----Mike----
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All good suggestions! You Tricky Devils.

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Put the table out on a street corner with a big jar on it and sign saying "help save our trees from knot disease, donate now to start healing knots, this table can be made knot free with your help"
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post #16 of 16 Old 04-17-2011, 09:48 PM
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How about a Dutchman patch?
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