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Forum topic by EastLake posted 03-17-2014 03:40 PM 859 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2014 03:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood filler finishing repairs

So, I was assembling a cherry blanket chest yesterday, when I noticed some joinery flaws (gaps) and a couple of brad nail blowouts that I needed to repair. Up until assembly, the panel construction had been perfect. So I grabbed a can of Plastic Wood, my putty knife, and my finger tip and went to town. Only afterwards did I consider that this piece is going to be finished with linseed oil and a couple coats of poly.

How has anyone’s experience been with woodfiller and this particular type of finish type of application (or others)?

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

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#1 posted 03-17-2014 07:36 PM


Here’s what I always do when filling in gaps holes etc… take your titebond glue and dap it into the hole you are filling wipe it with your finger to get over fill out of the way then take #80 #150 any of those mixtures of sandpaper and sand around that area letting the sawdust from the wood fall into the gap on top of the glue, you’ll never know there was a gap or flaw there, once it’s dried you can finish right over it.

If the hole is a very large hole then I can sometimes make a dowl from the same wood and use it to plug the hole.

It’s a neat trick and you’ll never need wood filler again. if you are working on a horizontal piece and can’t lay it down flat so the glue won’t run out then you can make your own filler.

Grab some wax paper tear off a piece and squirt a puddle of titebond onto the wax paper then using sawdust from the very same wood you are working with create a pile of sawdust from that wood, mix it with the titebond until you have a paste there you have your wood filler.

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