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    Briar Repair - Tips, Ideas And Experiments

    This is a companion to the Stem Repairs (tips, ideas, experiments). With all of the smart and experienced people on this forum, I hope there will be lots of input.

    The most common way to patch briar is Superglue mixed w/ Briar Dust. But it turns dark and usually requires that the bowl be rusticated and then stained dark, to hide the repairs.

    I'm in the process of testing various powders and liquids to see if something else can be done that will take up the stain or, at least, not turn so dark.

    I started by cutting some grooves into a block of briar and adding various powders and liquids. I'll post experiments, good and bad, as I complete more testing of any that show promise.



    Please show and tell about anything that you've done as an alternative to the Superglue w/ Briar Dust..
    And make suggestions on things to test.

    I'll start by showing some things that I'll already tried.
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    Clear Plastex Powder w/ Plastex Liquid




    Drilled out the grooves down to unfinished briar






    After staining the pipe


    Failure - Glassy shine, stains don't match
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    Clear Plastex Powder w/ Clear Superglue over "pre-stained" briar





    Staining the briar first. Maybe the stain will show through the Superglue.


    Starting to fill the holes


    Sanded and restained with the same color as before.




    Semi-success - Patches stained darker than the briar
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    Stuck and superglued...
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    I have used wood glue (Elmers and briar dust) and epoxy and briar dust. Both work but tend to dry dark. I have even stained the briar dust before using it. Still dark. I now use briar dust and clear super glue - still dark but I have learned to blend it with the stains. Still better than the pink putty. I was emailing Joyal about the idea of using the Behlen's Furniture Powder which comes in different wood tones and putting it with the clear superglue... that will come.
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    Has anyone tried "stainable" wood putty or "stainable" epoxy?
    Some of them are stainable with water-based and oil-based stains.

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    I used stainable, natural wood putty on my cobs and it worked well. There's an article on Steve's blog if you're interested.

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    Have you had a chance to try the powders yet?
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Laug View Post
    I have used wood glue (Elmers and briar dust) and epoxy and briar dust. Both work but tend to dry dark. I have even stained the briar dust before using it. Still dark. I now use briar dust and clear super glue - still dark but I have learned to blend it with the stains. Still better than the pink putty. I was emailing Joyal about the idea of using the Behlen's Furniture Powder which comes in different wood tones and putting it with the clear superglue... that will come.

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