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JosephTese

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12-14-2018 02:48 PM

I have a couple live mahogany slabs that have multiple cracks in them. They will be joined to create my dining room table. I am at the stage where I did a surface plane on all the pieces (with a router jig that worked excellent!), and now wish to reinforce all the cracks with epoxy (or another technique I’m not aware of to achieve the same result). I have always heard Eco-Poxy is the best. Also the most expensive. I’m sure this has been asked before, but are there any other solutions to reinforcing and/or filling those cracks? Are there cheaper substitutes that can get the job done? Are there any other completely different techniques that will achieve the same result? I want to hear them all and learn what my options are. Thanks,


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#1 posted 12-14-2018 04:04 PM

The epoxy by it’s self may or may not be enough to stop the cracking. You should consider butterflies across the cracks. The simplest way is with a template and router. You could also cut them out by hand and the inset, but a tight fit is a lot of work by hand. Google up butterfly / bow-tie templates to see what is available. Also look at West System epoxies. Very good products.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#2 posted 12-14-2018 04:13 PM

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#3 posted 12-14-2018 07:22 PM

I agree, epoxy can fill your cracks but won’t stop the checking in many cases. The butterflies are a good solution to halting further cracking. A combination of the two would be my preference.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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