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    Hi All,

    I have just sliced up a small branch of Peach, that was sitting outside for some time, and it is heavily spalted.

    The useable dimensions are quite small at ~70mm x 300mm x 8mm thick. It lends itself to a lid insert, if I can glue up some slices into a panel. Probably using Titebond 3.

    The question is, how should I proceed?

    Should I trim and glue the slices together, and then try to stabilise the punky wood (I donít have access to a chamber/pump etc) with a two part marine epoxy or similar. Or do the reverse?

    Any advice appreciated.

    George

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    if you put 2 together, book matched style, your lid would be 140'ish and using the golden ration the length of the carcass would be 225 (ish) so yes reasonable size. i'd machine 2 opposing edges, glue them back to back.

    Depends on how punky the wood is will determine if stabliisation is needed.

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    Not sure how good this stuff is for hardening your timber. Someone else may have used it and can give some feedback.
    Dallas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumbler View Post

    Depends on how punky the wood is will determine if stabliisation is needed.
    Definitely too punky to leave as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treecycle View Post
    Not sure how good this stuff is for hardening your timber. Someone else may have used it and can give some feedback.
    I wonder if it works on anything else!!??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treecycle View Post
    Not sure how good this stuff is for hardening your timber. Someone else may have used it and can give some feedback.

    Ignoring my "it's too early in the morning gag", have you ever used this stuff?
    If so what happens to the timber when cured? how does it perform its little miracle? how does it look and feel post soaking?

    Not sure if you can see where im going with this, as it could be a cheaper alternative a few finishes out there especially on a lathe, and even better for bowls as food safe (non-toxic) when cured... or so the label says. I'd be interested to find out.

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    I used some years ago and it seemed to work okay but back then you had to drill small holes in your punky timber to allow it to penetrate properly. Now the instructions say to spray it on the surface and it will harden so I assume they have changed the formula. How far it penetrates, I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumbler View Post
    I wonder if it works on anything else!!??
    Some wood is simply too far gone. Time to lop off that branch....

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    Turners trick - thin CA.

    Use thin CA to harden it all up. It wicks right in and dries nicely into a clear resin.

    Guitar/luthiers use this all the time (they also finish with CA and epoxy. Its absolutely fascinating).

    If you are finishing with shellac it goes right over the top and you'll never see it.


    Tell you what, little boxes made with timbers (duds!) off your own property makes the best boxes. Absolute talking points. I did this silly little one with a grevillea that snapped in twain during a bad storm some years back.... it is one of SWMBOs favourites.

    box7.JPG pilll box.jpg pill box 2.jpg

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    Never thought of CA. Can I just use the Bunnings cheap CA, or should I lash out on the better stuff?

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    CA is CA ... I think

    My only problems with the Bunnings tubes is they are tiny and bloody expensive.

    The model shops and those that do remote controlled vehicles sell BSI and similar in 1oz and 2oz bottles for ~$15.


    edit - here it is $15.89 with free post if you're an Amazon Prime member (which is very sensible!) Bob Smith Industries 48BSI-131H Instant-Cure Cyanoacrylate Super Thin Glue: Amazon.com.au: Automotive

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    Apologies for not putting any words to the picture above, but I am operating remotely and cannot do the picture attachment thing solely from my mobile.

    Tried a HEMPEL sealer 599 2 pack marine epoxy with disappointing results (very dark).

    Then did the CA option, which is much better, but still darkens the peach - perhaps when I sand it, it might lighten up. I do prefer the colour of the raw wood as seen in the photographs.

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    I have some wood here that looks to be in similar condition and I had thought previously that it would make a good insert panel for a lid, so I will follow with interest to see which path you end up taking and how it comes out.
    Dallas

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodPixel View Post
    Some wood is simply too far gone. Time to lop off that branch....
    To quote Al, ďI donít think so TimĒ

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