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How to cover up these knots in table

Posted by lyban (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 19, 12 at 0:23

Is there a way for me to redo this table top and not have the knots showing.
I still want to have a natural clear looking top, not painted but just elimating the knots.
Thanks for any help


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RE: How to cover up these knots in table

No cannot be done, part of the wood that will always show without covering over with solid stain or a paint.


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RE: How to cover up these knots in table

millworkman
Thanks for the reply. I was afraid of that.


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RE: How to cover up these knots in table

If you are really desperate to make the knots vanish, try a faux painting just over the knots that matches the grain of the knot-free areas.

Then put a clear finish over it all to protect the painted areas.


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RE: How to cover up these knots in table

If you have some wood very similar to the top in grain and color (perhaps replacing a board that's not visible) you can hide them. Google "dutchman repair" or similar to see examples. Basically you route out the knot area using a router to 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep and replace it with a piece of clear wood. The trick is making it invisible. If you look at "clear" plywood you will see football shaped inlays that represent a bad job of replacing knots. If you use a curved, irregular shape that follows the grain, carefully matched grain in the replacement piece, precise joinery, and perhaps some touchup paint to extend grain lines across the repair you can make them nearly invisible. There was a detailed article in Fine Woodworking several years ago on doing this. Most woodworkers deal with fixing mistakes eventually, and this is a common method.


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