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Forum topic by BlueRidgeDog posted 10-24-2020 02:15 PM 246 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2020 02:15 PM

Well I cut some tenons wrong on a table (front and side rails that connect to the legs). I gauged the cut off of a slightly thicker rail and the side rails now have a tenon that is too thin and is very sloppy in the mortise. I don’t have enough lumber to remade the rails.

I will use epoxy and micro balloons to glue the joint.

However, when looking for epoxy now, everything is about “clear” and “pouring”.

What epoxy do you use for joints? I have my usual 5 minute stuff and 60 minute stuff that I would normally use, but I need to buy a bit more as these joints are large.

Thanks for your brand recommendation. Again, looking for joint strength not clarity.

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#1 posted 10-24-2020 02:17 PM

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#2 posted 10-24-2020 02:23 PM

There are lots of good bonding epoxies but don’t expect micro balloons to thicken it. They are a filler, not a thickener. My favourite thickener is Mini Fibers from FiberTek.

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#3 posted 10-24-2020 03:18 PM

I was going to suggest the same as Paul. Baloons are good for fairing and filling where sanding will be required. But for gap filling, fibers are recommended – like what Paul mentions, or #403 Microfibers from West System.

As far as which epoxy… I’d just get whatever you happen to have available locally. I use West System as my main structural epoxy, Alumilite for wood repair and hole filling, and a couple of those syringe types that I use when a strong adhesive is needed. In your case, any of them would work just fine.


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#4 posted 10-24-2020 03:55 PM

Excellent…I will use the fibers. Anyone know of a US distributor for Fiber-Tek?

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#5 posted 10-24-2020 08:40 PM

You may want to use wood shavings from a hand plane as a filler with glue or epoxy. Here’s a 3 minute video on repairing loose tenons. I feel this way is stronger vs using just epoxy.

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