Famowood for Filling Walnut Grain

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Blog entry by hokieman posted 03-24-2008 01:33 AM 3300 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am working on a project with walnut. I will be filling the grain. Highland Hardware catalog says “Thinned with water to the consistendy of ketchup, Famowood becomes a superb surface filler, leveling pores and hiding texture.” Has anyone used Famowood for this use? I wouldn’t have considered it until I saw Highland endorsing it. Are there other better materials to fill walnut grain? Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 03:29 AM

Hokie – I’ve used their cherry variety, but only for filling small gaps and a goof or two. It did a pretty good job. I thinned it only a little bit (a little thicker than Ketchup I would say). I don’t think anyone can tell the difference between the wood and the filler – or at least they’ve been pilot enough not to say.

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 05:32 AM

I only use filler for very small holes, like from brad nails.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Paul M

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 05:12 PM

Hokie- I have used it a couple of times with good results on small jobs, but never on Walnut. Found it a bit costly and once opened seems to dry out fairly fast.

Most often I need to fill Oak. I have had good results on Oak by using “Elmers Pro Wood Filler”, mixing several colors till I get the right shade, thinning with water and spreading with a plastic spadula. I like being able to adjust the color since I do not agrees with them as to what a oak should look like. Maybe I just buy odd colored wood.

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 03-24-2008 05:22 PM

When I made my Thorsen table, I wet sanded it with wipe on poly. It worked fine, & you don’t have to bother with a color match.

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#5 posted 03-24-2008 06:50 PM

the wood whisperer done a podcast on this
50-51 episode3-refinishing (pt.5)

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 01:58 PM

Thanks guys – After reading these and several other posts, I using Famowood mixed with acetone and so far the results seem favorable. I’ve made a new top for a vintage library table using flaky quartersawn oak. the top went together well, but the best quartersawn I had needed a trio of divets filled. The Famowood/ acetone thinned mix allowed me to adjust the color and it dries very quickly, allowing me to test many color mixes in the course of an afternoon. Yesterday I mixed colors and got a color approval from my bride (of 38 years). this morning with good side-light I filled the divets. As today goes on I plan to fill the pores of the oak with the same mix before sanding it out flat. Then the finish will come.

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