How to fill worm holes?

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Forum topic by RobHamilton posted 09-26-2016 01:38 PM 739 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2016 01:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple finishing

Hey all, hoping I can get some advice from some more seasoned members here.

I’m finishing two 4’ x 10’ Ambrosia maple table tops for my wife’s art studio. On each surface, there are hundreds of tiny worm holes that need to be filled prior to finishing (see pic). My first thought was to fill them with epoxy using a syringe… but there are sooo many holes. Is this still the best route to go or is there an easier solution (wood filler, etc)? The tables will be finished with Arm-R-Seal.

Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 09-26-2016 02:48 PM

Those holes are like certain minor errors that you don’t want to fix. Just varnish over them and tell her they add to the rustic charm of the piece. Try to look real serious and thoughtful when you tell here. Also don’t go “Whew” till well after she leaves the shop. Stick with that story and you got it made.

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#2 posted 09-26-2016 03:32 PM

Just leave them. Those holes are what made that piece of lumber into the reason you picked it!

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#3 posted 09-26-2016 03:42 PM

We did choose this wood because of the look the imperfections provide. However, because these tables are being used in an Art Studio, where students may be drawing, etc, It’s not practical to leave the holes as is – a flat surface is needed.
I decided to use Timber Mate Walnut color + black food coloring to fill the holes while still keeping the rustic look (they basically look the same as before, now flush with the rest of the surface). Thinning with the food coloring made it easier to fill each hole & it was easy to sand vs using epoxy.
Thanks for the tips – I’ll post a pic of the final project when done.

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#4 posted 09-26-2016 04:15 PM

Leave them… You may need them one day, as you never can tell when you need to move about the space / time continuum!

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