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covering bug trails

by awlee
posted 08-04-2016 08:32 PM

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#1 posted 08-04-2016 08:53 PM

If they are that small, something I’ve done with small cracks or voids is hand sand the surface to fill the voids with sawdust and then run some thin CA glue across those places. It sometimes takes 2-3 applications, as the sawdust can pack down a bit as the glue dries, but once done, is almost invisible. Never tried it on bug trails, though.

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#2 posted 08-05-2016 01:25 AM

How do you plan to finish the piece? If staining, simply sand enough to make some dust, apply the stain stain and wipe around to fill the marks, then wipe the stain off. Can do multiple passes this way. If applying solvent poly, thin the 1st coat 1:1 with MS, sand as above, wipe on for 10-15 minutes adding a little finish as needed, then wipe off. If needed sand a little and repeat as necessary. I keep sawdust around for this, or use the a dry wood filler (only when staining). these methods may not make them disappear, but will level the surface – then they look like part of the natural beauty of the wood.

If they are scratches some sanding, or hand planing, should remove them.

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#3 posted 08-06-2016 12:57 PM

Thanks for the advice, JayT and OSU55. I’ll give them a try. I was going to finish with danish oil and, depending on how the wood looks after the oil, a few coats of satin wipe-on poly. I cut further into the maple to separate the chunk into legs and am finding more bug trails. Arrrgghh. Some trails are deeper.

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