Knot repair cedar picnic table

Old 08-23-19, 08:50 AM
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Knot repair cedar picnic table

Our cedar picnic table has a large knot on the main surface. A piece of it fell out today (pictured). The rest of it is a little loose and slightly raised.

What’s the best repair for this? Glue the piece back in ? Wood putty? Epoxy?
Looking for durability and aesthetics.

Table is finished with DB Linseed oil.

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Old 08-23-19, 09:08 AM
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I see two options. You can just wipe some linseed oil over that divot and consider it character. If you don't like the fact that its not smooth, maybe consider pouring some clear epoxy in the hole and letting it fill the depression.

That's wood that will have cracking and knots so working hard to repair the depression is not necessarily a value added proposition.

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Old 08-23-19, 10:47 AM
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I wouldn't use a filler [other than maybe clear] I'd either leave it alone or glue the missing piece back in place.
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If you fill the divot with epoxy the sun will yellow the epoxy with time. It would probably match the tone of the wood and look good but it won't remain water clear forever in the sun.
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I'd just replace the whole piece of wood.
One that looked that bad in the first place never should have been used there.

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