wood putty recommendation

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Millo posted 11-01-2010 05:23 PM 1915 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Millo's profile


543 posts in 3250 days

11-01-2010 05:23 PM

Hey everyone,

I wanted to experiment with finishing some plywood projects made at the woodshop at the local community college. There are some voids and some holes I made, and simply decided to use these projects as finishing practice. First, I’d like to use some putty to fill up end grain voids, and some minute gaps between panel piece and solid wood edge banding before finishing.

Nothing fancy.

I do have a small poplar table that I wanted to finish like 4 months ago and haven’t really tackled it yet. For that one, there is a very small, shallow gouge, and was planning to use a sawdust/shellac mixture I saw on a Michael Dresdner vid—but for the plywood thing I just wanted to use store-bought if that’s no problem. ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?


9 replies so far

View GaryL's profile


1099 posts in 3030 days

#1 posted 11-01-2010 05:33 PM

I’ve always had good luck with the Minwax wood filler. Dries fast and sands easily. It will stain darker than the wood sometimes.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

View CharlieM1958's profile


16281 posts in 4418 days

#2 posted 11-01-2010 05:44 PM

I have different preferences for different situations. For what you are describing, I really like the Elmer’s carpenter’s wood filler. It comes in a flat white plastic tub with an orange top.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 3486 days

#3 posted 11-01-2010 06:05 PM

Famowood or Fix Wood Patch have both worked well for me.


View 8iowa's profile


1587 posts in 3961 days

#4 posted 11-01-2010 06:26 PM

I agree with Charlie. Elmer’s Wood Filler drys fast, is easy to sand, doesn’t have any nasty ketone odors, and when the filler in the tub begins to get a little dry you can add several drops of water to re-new it.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

View a1Jim's profile


117328 posts in 3777 days

#5 posted 11-01-2010 06:27 PM

Other recommendations are good ones I’ve also like Timbermate ultimately the best filler for wood is more wood. I’m know Charles Neil or Michael Dresdner but using saw dust and shellac could create a finishing problem depending on the kind of finish your going to use.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View Millo's profile


543 posts in 3250 days

#6 posted 11-01-2010 08:22 PM

Nice. Thanks for listing the advantages of Elmer’s. Any comparisons with the other products recommended (Timbermate, Famowood, Fix Wood Patch)?

One of the experiments included a washcoat of stained shellac, then wipe-on poly. Come to think of it, I assume that filling with shellac would create a problem if I plan to washcoat w/ shellac, since the filler might dissolve as I apply the next layer of shellac—am I right or wrong?

Also, another experiment was to use a washcoat of wipe-on poly, tinted shellac, then finish everything w/ more wipe-on poly. Something else I thought was to use the tint not as a toner, but as a stain dissolved in mineral spirits (I guess fast drying) or water (I assume slower-drying) after a washcoat of shellac, but for the moment I’m not sure I want to try ‘staining’ (wiping the stain in a solvent), as opposed to ‘toning’ (adding the stain to shellac—it cannot be added to the wipe-on poly as far as I understand, since it’s TransTint).

a1Jim—how would I go about filling with sawdust if not using shellac+sawdust? Can I add the sawdust to fillers/putty products? I’m going to the woodshop tomorrow and I’m sure I’ll be able to collect plywood and yellow-poplar sawdust there.

Thanks, everyone!

View Jeff's profile


489 posts in 3394 days

#7 posted 11-01-2010 08:33 PM

Be sure to read the label closely. Minwax also sells a putty that’s intended to fill small nail holes, etc after finishing. It’s colored and not sandable and stays soft. I’ve used the Elmer’s product with success.

View levan's profile


472 posts in 3179 days

#8 posted 11-02-2010 08:31 PM

Wood tex is the best I have ever used. Its made with wood flour drys fast, shrinks little, and stains and finishes well.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

View Millo's profile


543 posts in 3250 days

#9 posted 11-03-2010 07:22 AM

thanks for the recommendation, levan…

I’ll go to Woodcraft tomorrow and check out what they have.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics