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Blog entry by Jorge Velez posted 144 days ago 1011 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone!

I’m doing a small table project with Purple Heart, and I would like to know if you can suggest what wood filler to use, I want the finish almost like mirror look.

thks in advance for your comments and recommendations!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.



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bygrace

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#1 posted 144 days ago

Take a scrap piece of purple heart, sand it down with 220 sand paper, save the dust and mix it with whatever you are going to finish with. If you are going to use something like Watco oil, mix the 220 wood dust with the oil into a thin paste you can easily spread over the project, let it dry, and then sand. Then finish the whole project like you normally would. This will assure the color of the filler will exactly match the wood.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 144 days ago

As another option, you might consider using Timbermate Wood Filler in Natural. Try it on a piece of scrap to see if you like it or not. It will be invisible under your finish.

-- Art

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 144 days ago

I have never used timbermate wood filler, but I have heard many good things about it.

I have done it like bygrace and it worked well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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jfk4032

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#4 posted 142 days ago

I have used the old sawdust mixed with white trim glue and have gotten good results filling in small holes and cracks in purpleheart. Even better with purpleheart, I’ve learned to bring out the purple color stronger by waving a minitorch over it. This really deepens the purple to a rich looking color. It takes practice so you don’t burn the wood.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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Jorge Velez

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#5 posted 142 days ago

Thanks everyone for your tips! since I’m at Mexico I can’t get timbermate wood filler locally, but I’ll use sawdust mixed with oil finish, but before will try the heat over the surface and try to bringh out the color.

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Lazy_K

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#6 posted 139 days ago

sand your piece with wet lacquer on it, or sand it with your lacquer’s solvent, the dust will fill and stick in the pores. When the lacquer is dry sand again then apply lacquer i the normal manner.
historically pushing pumice or rottenstone dust around with a cloth soaked in finish did essentially the same thing.
K

-- Kai SaerPren

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vetwoodworker

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#7 posted 139 days ago

Great tips here! jfk4032, I stumbled across that by accident with a piece of scrap I had laying around, playing with fire lol

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Choctaw1

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#8 posted 36 days ago

Some great ideas here, I’d like to add another, I hope it’s equally good.

I make my purple heartwood sawdust by drilling holes in a junk piece. I’ve found the smaller the bit, the finer the sawdust…I prefer a 1/8” bit. It sure is easy to collect this way.

To apply, I use a clear glue. Anything from epoxy to Super Glue…as long as it dries clear. Using a sharp pointed toothpick the glue is carefully applied into the crack. Obviously, the larger the crack or area to be filled, more glue is used. Then apply a thick coat of your sawdust resin….if possible, press it into the crack and allow a buildup of dust above the crack. Then sand it down when the glue dries. Walla!...instant purple heart wood filler!

There are several “clear dry” glues available. Ace Hardware and other stores carry one that gives you about 30 minutes of work time before setting, and sets in another 30 minutes. I work slow, and prefer this one.

If you use Super Glue….it dries so fast, you’d better be quick like a bunny rabbit.

Hope someone finds this info useful.

-- Choctaw1-Choctaw Indian Nation of Oklahoma

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Choctaw1

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#9 posted 36 days ago

Bygrace’s tip is a good one…I love the paste concept.

Another way that I’ve used is to get a cheap box of multicolored kid’s chalk. If you mix blue with red and add a little brown, you can make a purple of whatever shade you need.

Then mix your custom colored chalk with the desired catalyst (glue, oil, or varnish) and you’re in business.

Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

-- Choctaw1-Choctaw Indian Nation of Oklahoma

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Choctaw1

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#10 posted 36 days ago

TO JFK4032:

Amazing what heat will do to this wood! On this site:

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/purpleheart.htm

There’s a whole page about “Cooking Purple Heart Wood for Color”...anything from the sun to baking at 300 degrees in an oven melts the dark grain and changes the color!

-- Choctaw1-Choctaw Indian Nation of Oklahoma

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