My benchtop has been resting against the wall while I make the other workbench components, and after a sudden drop in humidity it has split at the middle glue joint on one edge. The split is 1mm wide, 2 cm deep and 12 cm long.
I tried clamping it to see if it would close but it doesn’t move at all.
Should I just fill it with woodfiller or epoxy and move on, or is it a better solution to cut out a slot and patch it with another piece of wood?
Hi AT, You certainly could use wood filler. But that may not be strong enough. I would use thickened epoxy, but I am a boatbuilder, biased toward epoxy. Another solution would be wood glue thickened with wood powder. All easier than cutting a slot and fitting a strip of wood. Perhaps not as neat looking as the wood strip.
I agree. Fill it with thickened epoxy and build on. It’s just a workbench and I bet you won’t notice the fix when you’re happily cutting dovetails, tenons and mortises on it! Someday, when you develop the skills, inlay some fancy wood in that spot.
If you can't afford to do big things...........do small things in a big way!
This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by Jim Thornton.