Split in mahogany fix?

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    Curtis Grenier


    I am making winding sticks out of some leftover mahogany using ebony as an inlay (cut from a turning blank!). After chiseling out the rebate to receive the inlay, I glued up. I have everything in clamps, inspecting the squeeze out when I noticed the end must have split when chiseling. It looks like it goes in at least 2″, possibly up to 4. It is hard to tell what is the grain and what is a crack.

    Is this fix-able? Over time, I can see this throwing off the parallel-ness needed from winding sticks. Do I need to find another scrap of mahogany and ebony to start over?


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    Larry Geib

    Try injecting some thin glue into the crack and then clamping for the setting period. You can place glue on one side of the crack and suck it into the crack with a shop vac on the other side.

    My firstw choice would be CA, especially if you can close the crack with a clamp ( work fast)

    My next choices would be runny epoxy, hide glue, and PVA.

    Epoxy can have dye added, the hide glue will take stain.

    But CA ( superglue) is the fastest, especially if used with an accelerant or baking soda, and bowl turners fix their turning stock all the time with it.


    Could you put some glue in the crack, clamp it up, and then Plane square again?

    If you can get enough glue in there it should be fine I would have thought.



    I don’t see why that wouldn’t work. You going to plane them together to make sure they are level/parallel with each other anyway. If the crack is caused by some sort of twist in the wood it will become noticeable immediately when you place them side by side.

    Thomas Angle

    I have glued cracked wood before and have had good luck.

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    Michael Ostrander

    Seen this a hundred times. You need to open the existing crack enough that you can get some wood glue in there. 2 things can happen. 1, you open it up a little, work some glue in, and clamp it back up or, 2, you split it off when you are trying to spread it out and then you just glue the 2 pieces back together. Pretty simple stuff either way. No need to start over.

    Mike from MI

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