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Forum topic by GAVol posted 08-10-2010 05:21 AM 1171 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GAVol

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08-10-2010 05:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: gel stain powder putty stain putty

I’m fairly new to LJ and new to woodworking. I’m repairing two broken legs of a small end table. The legs had compeletely broken off. After gluing and pin nailing the legs, there is a small gap in one leg and a larger crevice in the other leg that need to be filled and stained. I’ve uploaded pictures to Picasa and they can be acccessed here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/GAVolunteer/WoodworkingAlbum?authkey=Gv1sRgCKuh8d7bq-Wd5wE&feat=directlink

I have a Wipe On Urethane Gel Stain from General Finishes that is the color I need for the patch and the rest of the table. I’ve really good success with GF’s stains on the projects I’ve done. But I’m not sure if the stain will work on the filled areas.

I’ve read about on LJ about mixing shellac and wood chips, using putty powder that you mix with water, some people use a minwax product. All gets confusing to me.

What is the best way for a “newbie” to fill the crevices and stain the patch so it matches the table?

Thanks, Robert


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#1 posted 08-10-2010 06:23 AM

Have you considered a product called plastic wood. Its supposed tgob accept stain and finish. I’ve not used it but have researched it.

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 05:16 AM

Russ,

Thanks for the info. I’ll check it out as well.

Robert

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 05:17 AM

I tried my own theory on a Table Top once.

Took the Fine Sawdust from the Orb Sander Bag that came from sanding the top, put it in a shallow can (Tuna Fish Can) seperately mix a 50/50 dilution of Carpenters glue and Water, put that in the can, mix like crazy ..LOL.. added the same stain as I used on the top, mixed well again. Applied it (still wet) to the three spots on the top and used a putty knife to force it in and levelled it, but a little proud of the surface.

After it dried overnight, sanded it down flush. Then stained the entire Table top. To my surprize it woked very well. Three coats of Clear, Water Based, Satin Poly, 000 Steel Wool between coats and finished.

Since then I have also done it on already finished pieces. It’s a little trickier if you don’t know what color stain was used in the first place, so I usually try a few samples, usually MinWax, on scrap pieces to get it as close as possibble.

Hope it’s of some help.

Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 06:00 AM

THinking Faux finish – fill with bondo then color match using Mohawk Blendal sticks or the powders to do some finger padding to get the color and drawing in the grain with either a brush or a graining pen

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 02:22 PM

Thanks for the info on Mowhawk. i had neve heard of them. I went to their web site. They have a lot of products and about 50 short videos on numerous ways to repair wood.

http://www.youtube.com/mohawkfinish#p/u/30/5UFIWHNUt7o

This is a big help. thanks!

Robert

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 11:57 PM

No Problem Robert…Behlen is a bit more common and shows up in the retail side. They are the ‘Consumer’ division of Mohawk.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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