Koa Bench



Overview of bench with all original finish removed; two brush applied coats of orange shellac have been put on to seal the wood surface for the next stage of filling. Small yellow arrow stickers indicate some of the hollow areas revealed in the finish removal process. These will aid in the reapplication of new filler material. See close-up below.

Termite channeling that occurs close to the surface
is often not visible until after the finish has been removed.

All of the holes indicated by the arrows will now be injected with the epoxy microballoon filler mixture.

The spindle socket and rope holes that are presently filled will eventually be drilled out to accommodate the repaired spindles and rope for seat.


Closeup showing underside middle of front and back seat rails at notched area (middle) after epoxy microballoon filler applications. The front rail required nearly 2 liters of filler mixture; back rail required less than half that.

Partially French-polished bench side rail and front leg post.


Because of extensive termite damage to ends of side, front and back rails, it was necessary to fine tune the fit of the filled ends to the post faces. The face profiles no longer fit perfectly.

The post mortise faces were masked off, the epoxy fill material applied to rail ends, and the members assembled.

The arrows point to the excess (squeezed out) fill material.



Above; mortise face of leg post with masking removed, the epoxy fill material applied to to rail ends.

To the right; before disassembly of cured fill material.

Compare rail ends and leg post mortise faces with first two photos on page three.

A tight glue joint may now be achieved when bench is assembled.


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