Best filler for a simple wax finish

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Forum topic by kingme posted 10-14-2013 10:29 AM 607 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2013 10:29 AM

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Hello Lumber Masters,

I am building some simple boxes out of poplar. On the first prototype I finished the box with a simple wax finish which I really like for this project. As I am building eight more boxes I have found a need to use a filler for some inperfections. What is the best filler to use if I am just going with a natural wax finish? Is sawdust and wood glue my best option here or will it show up under the wax. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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#1 posted 10-18-2013 09:56 AM

You may want to give “Color Putty” a try. I recently got their oil-based kit ( and I found it very easy to work with. It fills nail-holes and the like, and you can mix any colors together for the perfect match. I haven’t tried it on a wax-only finish, but on my traditional finish (oil, shellac, wax) it worked quite well. Of course you should try it on a sample piece first.

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#2 posted 10-18-2013 01:13 PM

I am not sure about a filler under a wax finish but I use it under lacquer and it works like this for me: I mix lacquer with sanding powder, from the wood I am filling, and force it into any crack or void with a credit card used as a squeegee. The advantage, to me, of this mixture is that any residue left over from sanding it after it dries does not show up at all when applying lacquer finish over this. I have never tried mixing sanding powder with a wax finish, to use as a filler, but it just may work.

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#3 posted 10-18-2013 01:24 PM

Wax of any kind ain’t a finish.

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#4 posted 10-21-2013 10:25 PM

@Clint – not helpful at all…

@DrTebi and @Jim, thanks for the ideas. I ended up using sanding dust and wood glue, not perfect but it worked for what I was doing.

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