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post #1 of 6 Old 02-20-2009, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Tiger maple table top

Building a coffee table with a tiger maple top. problem is, the slab has a small knot. wondering if any of you have come across this problem. i really like the figureing of this piece, so want to use it. will be dyeing the piece, and then french polishing. would filling the knot with some sort of wood filler work alright? any suggestions? thanks.
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mrs....is the knot intact? Wood filler looks like....well....woodfiller. Perhaps a dutchman, pick another peice for your top or live with it and call it patina.
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Knots give a piece character. That's where the limbs were and if it weren't for limbs the birds wouldn't have a place to sit. Mix sawdust from the piece with epoxy and fill the small open areas of the knot gluing the knot center wood in place at the same time. That will stabilize it and make for an interesting accent.

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I'm with John. I would not try to camo it, rather accent it as part of what nature intended.

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If it is really an eye sore then i would just rip out the piece that is bad and then glue it back together. I wouldn't bother trying to fix it with a filler. You will just make it look worse than what it is. A knot looks natural, filler does not.
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I LIKE having knots in wood I am using. I will even go out of my way to use an area of the wood that has a knot. However, these knots must be solid. If there is a lot of open apace involved then that piece should probably not be used. If you are trying to fill in only a very small space that filler or the epoxy/sawdust method should work fine.

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