Some were wondering about the whole "Instant Coffee & Glue" thing, so I had a spot to do on a piece, and I took some pics.....
The piece is the HF I started a LONG time ago I called
I had this check in the surface, it is from a branch or something, and I wanted it filled in, so CA glue and Instant coffee to the rescue!
here you can see the check, it is fairly deep and, in my opinion, would look better filled in.
Here are some of the coffee crystals, they are large, dunno why, but that is what we have here
Here I've just pushed some instant coffee crystals into the check....
...and now I've dripped some glue on the check.....
Then, for good measure and to soak up some of the CA glue, I put some more instant coffee crystals on the glue spot.
Next is some sanding, I used some #80 to knock down the glue and coffee quickly, but I don't really sand the wood at all......
Then some sanding with finer girt paper to blend it all in.
I ended up putting a top on this one, the hole in the top was rather large, as this was my first real HF and the inside is rather ugly, so the top, or lid is glued in place.
turning it off on the bottom was fun
Once off, I did some hand sanding on the bottom and then sprayed my first coat of rattle can lacquer on it.........then ran out of lacquer
They want $10 a can for the small cans around here, they want only $5 a can for it at the DIY center and the cans are twice as large.
Well that's it, the coffee and glue thing, if any one has something to add, please do, I know some use epoxy, but find for the smaller fills, the CA is just fine.
One more point, use the thin CA on the first layer and the thicker stuff after that.