wood filler/glue

Ron Arnold
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Joined: 08 Jun 2009

We have an old strip plank dinghy that has developed glue failure in some planks. Now I know that one is supposed to saw out the glue line and insert splines to do a proper job.
However ........
The openings are very small and in short lengths- some are only on one face of the plank. So I am reluctant to make a big deal of it and had thought of filling with glue.
Many marine wood glues work on the principle of entering the timber cells for a good grip but if already coated with glue will not work.
Some building glues work on a different principle i.e. "Gripfill" which has been recommended.

Does anyone have any experience with it in a marine environment please?

Ron Arnold
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Joined: 08 Jun 2009

Thank you, I will try that - I have plenty of sawdust !

Brian Neale
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Joined: 03 Sep 2006

I would be sore tempted to use epoxy, thickened with saw dust (if you can create some from a similar colour timber). I used this recently to fill some shakes in my 28's tiller (mahogany?) although for this I was able to use a standard filler powder that was not a bad match. Not looking for any great strength, just something to make sure that the cracks did not spread and filled the gaps. I also used epoxy coating plus polyurethane to give a good gloss finish which I am hoping will last a good few years.


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