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Forum topic by amfmnsam posted 02-26-2008 06:02 PM 1201 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2008 06:02 PM

FWW’s GArden Bench for All Seasons is my next project.

He makes a small bench to withstand the yearlong offerings of a Maine climate. Should work ok for central Indiana. He uses Spanish Cedar, marine epoxy and copper rivets. My budget called for cypress, Gorilla Glue and copper rivets. Oh yeah, I also acquired a couple of vintage Stanley planes, #5 and #7, and learned to sharpen and handle them to thickness and join my lumber. I was stoked.

Got close on the back legs

Then found this
The one on the right is splitting pretty badly. Is there a fix or should I start over.
A lot of time and energy has gone into getting this far. Starting with 2×6’s from the mill.



-- Keeping my fingers attached so I can stroke my wife's hair and hold my daughter's hand

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#1 posted 02-26-2008 06:13 PM

You should be able to get some waterproof glue up that split. Put a clamp on it and once it’s dry I wouldn’t
thing you should have any problems with it splitting again.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-26-2008 06:31 PM

I agree with Gary. ........put a wedge in the split, just enough to open it up along the length of the split and then force glue into the both sides of the split. Use your finger to really push the glue in. Remove the wedge and like Gary says…....clamp er shut, even masking tape will work to close it.

Even if the piece breaks off you can glue it back on!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 02-27-2008 02:41 AM

Some ca glue will seal that up. Get the thin stuff and pore it in. Let it set for a few seconds and wipe of the extra with aceatone or let it completly cure and scrape it off.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#4 posted 02-27-2008 03:44 AM

Agreed with Roman and GaryK. Once you get the split opened up a bit you can even use your air compressor to blow some of the glue back into the hard to reach spots at the very back of the split…gentle on the air…then fill in the rest with a small brush, finger or business card (they are worth something!).

Good luck!

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