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Forum topic by Rich L. posted 04-23-2019 09:19 PM 299 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rich L.

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04-23-2019 09:19 PM

Hi all. I had some very small and thin scraps of spalted wood in the shop and decided to play around with them. I resawed them (most were around 5/16 thick or so) and glued them up using a clever jig set up I read about years ago. They came out surprisingly well, So I’ve decided to make some box lids from them.

My question: If you look closely at the photos you’ll see that the lighter areas are actually tightly packed sawdust left by whatever bug or worms bored the holes. I’m wondering if I put some thin CA glue on those (rather large) spots if that would work? Being so thin I’ll laminate then to a substrate so I won’t have to worry about the plugs punching through at some point. Opinions?

Thanks Rich

-- Rich, Southern CA

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#1 posted 04-23-2019 09:59 PM

sure why not ive done it with ca glue many times,and if your gonna laminate it to another backing it shouldn’t be a’s beautiful wood youd hate to waste that.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 04-23-2019 10:22 PM

I see the big bad wolf dressed up as grandma. Oh it isn’t a Rohrshach test?

Cool wood, thin CA works good. I usally use zap a gap thin.

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#3 posted 04-23-2019 10:36 PM

Just so you know… that ‘sawdust’ is not sawdust :)
(Accurate name is Frass – Google it for fun)

You can stabilize them with CA just fine… or, I prefer to use Polyurethane as that is what I typically use as a finish and have it handy. Sometimes I just prefer to dig out the excrement and fill with a contrasting colored epoxy. Depends on the project and where the holes wind up.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 04-23-2019 11:12 PM

It it is tightly packed I would use thin CA glue. If the texture of the frass is not tight you should try medium CA. The medium will cure slow enough to soak in but may leave a slight raised glue spot you will need to sand down. It the frass is real loose I would do as suggested and dig it out and refill the holes with what ever you choose (matching, or contrasting saw dust) and CA glue to hold it in.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 04-24-2019 04:16 PM

Thanks for the replies. CA glue it is. I’ve also learned a new word and taken a Rohrshach test. :)

-- Rich, Southern CA

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