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fixing cracks in ebony

I'm working with a piece of ebony that I intend to incorporate into a lathe turning. After it's turned, it will be 1/2" thick and 2-1/4" diameter.

Is has some cracks in it. I can get my fingernail in one of them, the others are smaller. They go about 2/3 of the way across the piece, so I'm sure it will blow up when turning if I don't do something to stabilize it.

I had planned to fill the cracks with CA, but now I'm wondering if something like cactus juice or epoxy might be better.

I'm looking for guidance or alternate ideas.

Any thoughts?
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I fill crack in my pieces with fine steel dust and CA glue. It makes a great inlay in my opinion, I do it on bowls all the time.

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Cactus juice, used properly, doesn't fill cracks. Used improperly, yeah, it'll fill, but it'll also look like crap. Cactus Juice also doesn't like dense, oily exotic.

I'd go with CA. It sticks to exotics surprisingly well, and its thin enough to wick into the crack. I wouldn't imagine you'd get much penetrating into the crack with epoxy. I haven't tried it with ebony in particular, but I will say that CA fills crack in darker exotics nearly invisibly, something like Cocobolo I can't even find the cracks afterwards

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