I have a couple of live edge slabs I was planning on making into live edge end tables but I'm wondering what to do with the cracks in the side - if anything can be done at all. Could I fill them with a glue/sawdust mixture? Would some other commercial product be better? Is it worth attempting at all?

Here are pictures of the cracks: Live edge slab

Live edge slab

  • What did you end up doing? Could you post pictures? – John Cast Nov 22 '17 at 5:23

Could I fill them with a glue/sawdust mixture?

You can yes but common woodworking glue (PVA-type, white or yellow) wouldn't necessarily be the best choice for the glue.

A much more solid fill can be made by using epoxy. Filled (or just coloured) epoxy is now a common material for filling voids and defects in wood. To a degree this kind of filler can stabilise a crack and add strength, but without some further means to hold the wood steady (e.g. a butterfly key, hidden bolt or dowelling) a crack may continue to open up, so it is worth taking at least one extra step as a safety measure.

Further reading in some previous Q&As:
filling cracks in tables
Large hole filler products, what is available
Filling gaps/seams in a new cherry tabletop

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