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Forum topic by phlyers posted 08-06-2013 01:25 AM 1050 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2013 01:25 AM

Hey guys I had to use a 3/8” poplar dowel to plug a hole in a project I’m working on and after cutting it flush and sanding it really smooth it shows right through the paint. It feels rough when you run your finger across it. Did I not sand it smooth enough? Or was it maybe the fact that I didn’t use fine enough paper? I used 180 then 220. A picture is below. Funny how it looks like it’s not flush but indeed it is. Thanks for any suggestions.

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 01:55 AM

A side grain plug would much less visible in this application. A dowel is all end grain and that is why it stands out.

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 01:59 AM

phlyers can you make your own plugs becouse thats the only way your going to fix that.
You are seeing the end grains the paint raise it up and in dowel rods the grain only runs one way and no matter how many time’s you cut it your going to get a end grain.
Now if you have a plug bit you can use it in a drillpress and lay a board flat and drill down throw it now the end grains well be on the side’s and you can match the flow of the grain on top.
hope that helps I now that sounds wired.

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 02:02 AM

Once that end grain has been saturated you should be able to sand it again and touch up and have it look better.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 08:46 PM

I had the same situation last week drilling holes for a peg rack. I used a dowel to fill the hole and then after sanding flush I added a little bit of good quality wood putty and sanded lightly again to fill the end grain. after a couple times of filling and sanding, I primed the area and lightly sanded it then primed again. By this time I could barely see the plug and after painting it, It pretty much dissappeared. good luck

-- Jay from NH......

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 10:39 PM

Thanks for all the input guys. I got a 1/2 plug cutter and have plugs ready to go.

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