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Countless products are available for filling wood, but they all have their problems. They either dry out before you can use them, don’t expand and contract with the wood, aren’t stainable, are messy to use, or just plain don’t stand up to time. Could QuikWood’s two-part epoxy-in-a-stick be a better choice?

The base and activator are already measured out in the right ratio, so all you need to do is cut off a hunk of the stick and knead it in your hands for a minute until the putty-like epoxy is one consistent color. There’s no mess, no measuring, and no stirring.

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A few days ago, I heard an interesting little tip from an old racer while discussing the best way to put a riveted assembly together. In response to my concerns about high vibration loosening the fasteners, he said the answer was simply dipping the rivet shanks in epoxy prior to installation. While blind rivets are already a pain to remove (and this wouldn’t make life any easier), it does provide an excellent backup. No dead space means less fatigue, and the epoxy would provide secondary retention for the leftover stem.

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