Do I need to fix this crack in the desk top?

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Forum topic by adamclyde posted 06-06-2013 06:57 PM 1101 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2013 06:57 PM

Overall, I’ve been really happy with the progress on my first real project. However, I have made some mistakes along the way, and none more so than not being more careful with wood selection. The picture here shows a crack right at the edge of the desk top. The crack was barely noticeable until I did my final cross cut across the table to true up the sides. That’s when I realized the crack went all the way through to the other side.

(sorry for the orientation of the pictures). So, my question is, should I fix it? If it never got bigger, than I don’t think I’d mind that much. However, I want my son to have this desk until he is my age, so I’d rather do the hard work now of trying to minimize further splitting.

I’ve seen the epoxy trick… taping off the end and drawing epoxy through the split with a vacuum on the other side. Is that what I should do here? overkill? Or could normal wood glue be sufficient?

Or do I need to do anything at all?

Sorry for the steady string of newbie questions. Your collective help is invaluable.

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#1 posted 06-06-2013 07:48 PM

I just dealt with a similar situation, probably not as much of a crack through. I used some epoxy and clamped it up

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#2 posted 06-06-2013 07:51 PM

Yes you do need to fix it and glue/clamp will work just fine. Use a glue syringe to apply it inside the crack.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#3 posted 06-06-2013 07:59 PM

You might consider cutting it off and going with breadboard

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