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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 03-23-2014 07:37 PM 640 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HarveyDunn

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03-23-2014 07:37 PM

I was just sanding a small carved rosette and noticed that I liked the way it looked when all the carved depressions were filled with the painted saw dust.

I like that it contrasts with the flat solid wood both in terms of its different texture and its dark color.

So I’m curious – is there a way I could replicate this permanently? I guess it would be some kind of filler or putty product that has a very different texture from my wood (basswood). And then a colorant that is abosorbed differently by the two. The current piece is painted with milk paint; I don’t think that will work because it seems to color everything uniformly, regardless of the species or grain.


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#1 posted 03-23-2014 07:40 PM

Would gluing in the painted sawdust work?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 07:50 PM

I don’t know! I thought about giving that a try, but didn’t know what glue to use. It would need to create a good permanent bond, still be amenable to being sanded flat, and also not permanently alter the surrounding solid wood – in other words, if I drip a bit where I didn’t mean to, I need to be able to clean those spots up.

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 07:53 PM

I think as long as the glue was laid down first I don’t think it would matter what was used. I think you could use a clear finish to fix the sawdust from the top down. So the glue would hold it in place to get the texture but the clear coat would keep it in place.

HTH,
Mark

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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