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Epoxy fix on cracked leg?

Hey guys. I milled this nice walnut and one of the legs has a Crack in it. Can I seal the Crack with epoxy? Will that work? I have never used epoxy on wood, if anyone has any tips or recommendations. Thanks alot.
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Epoxy is strong. It is usually a very dark gray in color when dry. It will not accept any stain.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I would recommend replacing the leg now. A repair is very prone to failure. If you are going to do it use wood glue. Spread a bead over the crack and rub it into the crevasse with your thumb. Keep doing it until glue comes out the other side and clamp it. You would never get epoxy all the way through the void.
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Use epoxy

Glue has no strength in a gap that large, but epoxy will and it's just as easy to push into the crack. Wear rubber gloves and use a small flat stick. I would mix it with sanding dust from the Walnut to give it color and "body". I just repaired a Walnut rifle stock using the same method I'm recommending and it worked great.

If you can slice a thin strip of veneer and wedge it into the crack, applying the epoxy to all the surfaces beforehand to minimize the depth. Leave it proud and sand it off after it cures.

Repairing a flaw or mistake in an invisible way is an important skill to acquire and the sign of an experienced woodworker. I've learned a few tricks over the years by experimenting and having had unexpected things happen. Epoxy is your friend in these cases. Harbor Freight and the box store sells it in small tubes and you can use only what's needed for the project.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I would recommend replacing the leg now. A repair is very prone to failure. If you are going to do it use wood glue. Spread a bead over the crack and rub it into the crevasse with your thumb. Keep doing it until glue comes out the other side and clamp it. You would never get epoxy all the way through the void.
Yes, absolutely replace the leg. Why start off a new project with a repair on that scale.

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Yes, absolutely replace the leg. Why start off a new project with a repair on that scale.

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Thanks George. Gonna give it a shot and see how it comes out. If not toss it
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Hey guys. I milled this nice walnut and one of the legs has a Crack in it. Can I seal the Crack with epoxy? Will that work? I have never used epoxy on wood, if anyone has any tips or recommendations. Thanks alot.
There isn't much stress on the crack, all the pressure is down so all you need to do is hold everything in place. Straight epoxy would do that. If you were concerned about strength of the joint epoxy by itself isn't all that strong, so you would mix up some epoxy and 'prime' the wood, trying for a little penetration, then mix additives into the remaining epoxy which would make it thicker, stronger, less runny. It's easy, check out West System.
http://www.westsystem.com/ss/


Personally I wouldn't use epoxy. I might run it through a TS and make a saw kerf right down the middle of the crack and glue in a strip of the same material. I've done that a few times and it's always worked well.
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