How to repair a crack in a wood salad bowl

shoshanadhDecember 27, 2009

I have an old salad bowl made of, I think, butternut. It has two hairline cracks and I worry that unless they're repaired, the bowl will break. How can I repair the cracks so I can still use the bowl?

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If you've been making salad in the bowl, so that oily dressings have gotten worked into the cracks, then it may be almost impossible to fix this. I would just plan on getting a new bowl if/when this one breaks.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2009 at 7:00AM
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I tend to agree. It's questionable if there is a solution that will permanently fix the cracks, especially if the cracks go all the way through the wood. I suppose you could try forcing a waterproof wood glue or epoxy into the cracks, but there is no guarantee it will adhere well, or that the cracks won't break the bond if they enlarge. Wood, even old wood, is something that continues to change over time. Maybe it's time to use this as a display bowl rather than a working bowl...

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 2:16PM
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