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Pallet Craft #4: Never buying wood filler again!

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Blog entry by Ethan Harris posted 07-16-2012 08:10 PM 3697 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello All,

This is not a new tip, but I thought I’d mention it in my blog anyways. As always see my blog at: http://blogspud.blogspot.com/

Ok so working with pallets is not always perfect, the wood is definately not top grade by any means and I will not pretend it is. So occasionally you are going to want to use a wood filler at some point. Now Elmer’s, as well as Varathane and Rustoleum sell wood filler that is pretty good, but the cost can add up significantly and this is especially so if you are an active wood worker. So here is my “not new but surprisingly overlooked” method.

Step 1: Collect saw dust.

As you produce wood products saw dust will have the tendency to build up around you. Why not use all of it?

Step 2: Get some wood glue!

That’s right, just get some wood glue from any reataillers such as Titebond or Elmer’s.

Step 3: Mix, apply and sand.

Mix together some wood glue with your saw dust (best in smaller batches to prevent waste) and apply it to your application. Allow to dry, and sand it down.

Finished!

After your application is dry apply your stain or finish and you will never be able to tell that it is actually just a glue and sawdust filler mix.

Enjoy your savings!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks



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#1 posted 07-17-2012 03:16 AM

Someone was telling me that this was an option. So…. I’ve always been more of a “recipe” kinda girl. How much glue to how much sawdust?
Also… As I’ve learned with my first stained project last week… The glue doesn’t take stain. So does this mixture stain ok?

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 03:17 AM

Also… I’m working with some pallet wood as well. Just picked up a small portable planer to add to my tools collection.

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 01:19 PM

Hello Angie,

You are going to want to use about a palm’s full of sawdust and add glue till it is like a putty and you can roll it in your hands and make it like a putty. It stained on for me last I used it, but go ahead and test it out before you apply it, you can also mix your stain into it as a pre-stain mixture if it won’t stain afterwards.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 02:52 PM

Interesting. I’ll try that.

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#5 posted 07-18-2012 03:36 AM

I use a lot of pallet and recycled wood, I also use this method for filling and repairs. I have never encoutered an issue with it not takjng the stain. I use enough glue to get the saw dust wet, apply, let dry and sand

-- Norman

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