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artsyfartsy

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03-24-2017 03:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource cedar finishing traditional

Here is a question for all you wood butchers out there. How do you make wood filler? I have a hope chest I’m making that is made of “aromatic cedar” and I need some wood filler for it. I have used a brand name wood filler but, they don’t have the type wood filler I need. What to do?

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!


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#1 posted 03-24-2017 03:10 PM

I make a wood filler of sorts with saw dust, Titebond wood glue, and linseed oil. I keep a container of saw dust that has been sifted through a tea strainer … really fine stuff. I mix it as needed … don’t really have a formula. Use just a drop or two of linseed oil, though. I only use cherry, sassafras, mahogany for the dust … tends to blend in the best … even on light colored woods. This has worked for me for quite some time.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 03-24-2017 03:24 PM

Good ideas Ron!

I take sawdust from the project I’m working on and mix it with glue and that works well
for me.

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#3 posted 03-24-2017 03:48 PM



Good ideas Ron!

I take sawdust from the project I m working on and mix it with glue and that works well
for me.

- waho6o9

I have found that maple, oak, or pine mixed with wood glue will not take stain very well … thus the darker saw dust in my concoction … when all is said and done my “patch” looks like a cat’s paw!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 03-25-2017 02:05 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the info. I’m gonna try these.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#5 posted 03-25-2017 05:32 PM

Mostly I don’t use filler, I try to keep the gaps to a minimum.

M

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#6 posted 03-25-2017 07:11 PM



Mostly I don t use filler, I try to keep the gaps to a minimum.

M

- Madmark2

... some of us are just not as perfect as others. A workable wood filler helps hide the occasional mistake!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#7 posted 03-25-2017 09:39 PM

I’ve used Famowood wood filler for nail holes in moldings it actually works.Using wood filler in furniture is not going to fool anyone.Most likely it’s going to be obvious to even the most casual observer.
But they won’t tell you to your face because you worked so hard on your project and they don’t want hurt your feelings.
Leave the imperfection be as it is.
Aj

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#8 posted 03-25-2017 11:13 PM

For larger cracks and gaps, I do as above, mixing wood glue with sawdust. For small cracks, I’ll hit the crack with CA glue, wait a second or two for it to work into the crack, and then rub over the top with sawdust (wearing nitrile gloves) to force some sawdust into the crack. It will dry a little darker than the wood, but planes off relatively easily and makes a fairly solid fix for small cracks. Works well to keep small cracks from turning into big cracks.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 03-25-2017 11:38 PM


Mostly I don t use filler, I try to keep the gaps to a minimum.

- Madmark2

Must be nice, but most of us mere mortals use dust and glue? :-) Ron. I’ll have to try the BLO and darker wood thing.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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#10 posted 03-26-2017 02:20 AM

Just keep in mind that most wood fillers, whether bought or made from sawdust and glue, will not take stain like the original wood will. Years ago, I built projects using wood filler that would have looked better with exposed mistakes.

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#11 posted 03-26-2017 02:20 PM

I hate to disappoint some of you but, the wood filler is for some brad nail holes I put in my project. My cracks are OK. I used my brad nailer to attach a bottom skirt to my project not thinking of how I was gonna cover my stupid mistake. But, I do appreciate all the input on taking care of my problem. It’s been a real help.

Thanks again guys.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#12 posted 03-26-2017 02:24 PM

I fill many many cracks and very small voids in cedar mixing sanding dust (sawdust is way to coarse) with white glue. Using yellow glue darkens the filler more than I like but white glue dries clear so it does not darken it. I mix the glue and sanding dust to the consistency of mayonnaise and apply it using a credit card as a squeegee. Forcing it into the crack.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#13 posted 03-26-2017 02:25 PM



I hate to disappoint some of you but, the wood filler is for some brad nail holes I put in my project. My cracks are OK. I used my brad nailer to attach a bottom skirt to my project not thinking of how I was gonna cover my stupid mistake. But, I do appreciate all the input on taking care of my problem. It s been a real help.

Thanks again guys.

- artsyfartsy

Next time … before nailing … put a bit of blue painters tape where you plan to nail. After setting the nail/brad … apply the wood filler right on the tape, pushing into the nail hole. Once dry, remove the tape. The filler is now just the size of the hole itself … you’ll hardly see it!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#14 posted 03-26-2017 06:38 PM

Hey All,

I just gotta tell ya that the glue and sawdust really works great. I was very satisfied with the results. Thank you bunches for the ideas. Perhaps soon, I’ll have pictures on the projects page for all to see.

Thanks again.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#15 posted 03-27-2017 12:56 AM

Sounds like a great idea…on my list to try.


Next time … before nailing … put a bit of blue painters tape where you plan to nail. After setting the nail/brad … apply the wood filler right on the tape, pushing into the nail hole. Once dry, remove the tape. The filler is now just the size of the hole itself … you ll hardly see it!

- Ron Aylor


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