clear filler for large open knots?

vondabFebruary 8, 2008

I am having a kitchen island top built out of some really cool old oak boards (2" thick) I pulled out of the hay loft of my ooooold barn. I had them remilled, to some degree, to straighten them and remove the "gunk" but they still have plenty of "character"! I had barely enough for the top so wasn't able to cut out a few big open knots in one board in particlar. The guy at the lumber yard said there's a product that I can use to fill these that dries clear, hard, and smooth, but he didn't know what it was called, naturally. I sure hope he is right because if not, I'll be vaccuming a lot of crumbs out of those deep holes! Any suggestions?? TIA!

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I have seen epoxy used this way. Some people even embed things like turquoise chips or gold flakes in them.

The other option is to use bondo, tinted dark or black.

Before you commit to your project, drill a hole in some scrap wood and test it out to make sure you're happy with the result.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2008 at 6:41PM
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Thank you!

Are all epoxies the same?

I'm afraid I've already committed... =) It's practically finished! Just have to cut the radius and the sink cutout, and then fill those holes! =)

    Bookmark   February 9, 2008 at 8:07AM
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I regularly use a number of epoxies. I have a 5 minute and 30 minute liquid (T-88), several gels, and a number of putties (with microbeads and color). Although they are chemically similar, some have an amber cast (which can be a good or bad thing), some are more opaque than others. They also make a bar-top type epoxy that is poured on and left as a finish.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2008 at 8:42AM
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bobsmyuncle... where do I look for the epoxies you mentioned? I checked Lowe's and nothing they have dries clear like glass. Totally ignorant here. Thanks...

    Bookmark   February 14, 2008 at 12:47PM
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Here's a clear bar top coating.....available at hardware and craft stores everywhere.........check "Where to Buy"

Here is a link that might be useful: Envirotex

    Bookmark   February 15, 2008 at 8:30AM
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