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Sawdust + glue as a filler.

by Carloz
posted 02-09-2017 08:07 PM

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 08:15 PM

Tite Bond makes a colored glue, drys about the shade of Cherry.

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 08:36 PM

Yeah—doesn’t work well for stained projects. Better for clear finishes.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 08:41 PM

Sawdust is all endgrain. If it absorbs glue, it can’t absorb stain. Sawdust & glue seems like a good idea, it ain’t.


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#4 posted 02-09-2017 09:18 PM

It’s never worked to my satisfaction.

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#5 posted 02-09-2017 09:22 PM

Have you ever stained a piece where there was some glue squeeze out that you missed? Stain doesn’t penetrate glue. There may well be some type of filler that takes stain like the surrounding wood, but I am not aware of any. Same goes for penetrating finishes like oils. They won’t penetrate the glue. Timber mate makes a great filler, but you can’t have big gobs of it on a piece and hope for great results. I have advocated the sawdust and glue filler on many occasions. That said, I would only use it to fill a small imperfection like a tear out in a dove tail, and I haven’t stained a project for a long time.

You might get better results if you apply a sealer before the stain. That might help even things out.

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#6 posted 02-09-2017 11:45 PM

A small Crack or seam can be filled with sawdus. I use it sometimes if the Crack or seam is SMALL only. You can try using titebond Hide Glue. It takes a stain. To a degree.

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#7 posted 02-10-2017 12:04 AM

I keep hide glue for just this purpose and it works well. Dries clear. Admit though I can’t recall quality of staining over it vs surrounding.

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#8 posted 02-10-2017 12:35 AM

Hide glue and fine sanding dust is the standard for french marquetry filling.
Hide glue and sawdust would work better than any pva of course because it doesn’t block insides and it dries hard enough to sand well.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 02-10-2017 12:52 AM

Tight joints eliminates the need for filler ;-)

I try to fill small gaps with a small wedge of wood rather than filler. The glue doesn’t matter in that case.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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Jack Lewis

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#10 posted 02-10-2017 04:17 AM

In woodturning I use almost exclusively CA and very fine saw dust. I sift sawdust into dark, light and mixed shades to better match the area I am repairing. I use a tea strainer to sift into storage containers and mark the contents.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#11 posted 02-10-2017 01:35 PM

I do this often when doing inlays. Best if only used in very small voids. Sawdust is too coarse for this, so I only use sanding powder from my random orbital sander mixed with white glue. It will not take stain nor finish all that well. Titebond Liquid Hide glue will take clear finish well. It does darken the filler a bit though.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#12 posted 02-11-2017 09:38 PM

Epoxy with fine sanding dust works very well. Will take stain, but will be darker than the base wood. 5 minute epoxy works fine. I like to buy it in 4 oz. bottles, as it is much more economical than the little tubes.

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#13 posted 02-11-2017 09:50 PM

Stain will not adhere to titebond. Just a residue on your project will not stain. So mixing with sawdust gets the same results. I have had luck with old elmers though.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 02-12-2017 12:40 AM

I’ve done it, and it works great when the finish is and enamel paint.

-- My "projects" always look better with beer goggles.

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#15 posted 02-14-2017 10:03 PM

What if you stained the sawdust first then use clear glue to fill the crack or gap? would that work better than using sawdust and glue and then trying to stain it?

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#16 posted 02-14-2017 10:08 PM

Use this trick all the time, as most of my fill-in spots involve end grain. I do add the glue into the spot first, then the sawdust ( usually from the bandsaw) smear it into the glue, then a palmsander to sand it smooth and blend into the surrounding wood.

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#17 posted 02-15-2017 02:16 AM

Big gaps I use Carves wood pieces and drive them in. Don’t like to use fillers for big voids. I do use sawdust and PVA glue and fill knot holes with it. Since the knot hole is darker than the rest the wood field. I usually use cherry saw dust since it is dark when mixed with PVA.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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