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Forum topic by ohiogary posted 02-25-2011 05:56 AM 1232 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2011 05:56 AM

One item among plenty I have difficulties is wood fillers, I have not found a commercial filler that meets my needs, sometimes I come across a piece of cherry that may have some hair line cracks around high figure areas, such as burl, crotch lumber, I am open for suggestions to new techniques .

-- Gary

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 06:07 AM

Gary, think famowood. You sand before it dries right ?

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 06:20 AM

Gary, for hairline cracks and small defects try medium viscocity cyanoacrylate glue and glue accelerator.

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 05:23 PM

I mix white or yellow wood glue with wood dust (from my sander) and use this as a filler. Works great!

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#4 posted 02-25-2011 06:12 PM

I try to eliminate my need for filler as much as possible, but my main method is to use CA and sand over the top of it.

A corollary to this is that I will sometimes resist the usage of products or methods that lead to discoloring (whether with blotching or fillers)...such as using natural finishes or coloring techniques that lay more over the TOP of the wood rather than to soak into it…or by using seal-coats first.

In other words, not all projects need to be stained. If I need a color shift on such projects, I might tone it instead. It took me forever to realize that just because my dad stained everything didn’t mean that it’s a rule.

-- jay,

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#5 posted 02-25-2011 11:53 PM

I agree with eliminating filler but its like sometimes with a top that is 24 inch wide and is made up of 8 or so pieces to prevent the bowing effect, you might have a hair line crack, with glue and sawdust works providing no glue is present during staining. The project computer desk is being built out of Ash, and the client picked out the choice of stain.

-- Gary

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#6 posted 03-01-2011 07:04 AM

The hairline crack should not be solved with filler.
The filler may be able to fill the gap, but it wont stop the crack.
You should handle it with glue. Put glue over the veneer and sanding it until you get the smooth surface ( the glue sizing method) .
The glue will affect the absorption of your stain, so you need to find the right formula.

Glue sizing




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#7 posted 03-01-2011 07:50 AM

in the unforgivable event that one needs filler, the evil time consumer of profit.

I hate filler, with a passion yet it is an evil companion between “thats sweet” and “Wtf is that?”

I prefer to make my own using “universal fine grind pure pigment” mixed with a medium that works within the challenge in front of me. The cool thing about universal fine grind pure pigment is that it doesnt ever fade. The medium to which you mix it with, at varying degrees, does fade…........

it never ceases to amaze me how “filler” always rears its ugly head, years after you would have swore it wasnt there. Ugly stuff for sure so the key is to avoid it.


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#8 posted 03-01-2011 10:44 PM

I like Timbermate. Water based and infinite shelf life.

-- Jerry

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