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Forum topic by Bernie posted 12-08-2010 05:20 PM 1204 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2010 05:20 PM

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Hi again… you folks gave me such good advise on oozing glue, I thought I might as well throw out another questions to all of you. This concerns wood fillers… are there any fillers out on the market that accept a stain as well as the surrounding wood. Many manufactures claim their products does, but none of them work. What do you do? Do you try to match the finished product by mixing commercial fillers with stain or do you mix sawdust. If the fill area is big enough, I square it off and add in a piece of wood trying to match the grain and then sand to blend it in. My question is in regards to small gaps etc. As careful as I’ve learned to be, I always seem to end up with small defects. Thanks for your advice. You’ve proven to be a tremendous help to this want – a – be woodworker. I’m getting close to calling myself one!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 05:31 PM

Whenever I have a small gap that requires some filler I consider that a modest failure. Nonetheless, it happens.

I use a commercial filler because glue and sawdust is just too messy to deal with.

I seldom stain and when I do stain it is strictly for the purpose of bringing out the grain in the natural color of the wood. I never try to change color with stain. God gave each wood its color. Who am I to change it. (FYI – I don’t die my hair either.)

In my case, having the filler take the stain is not a problem.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 05:35 PM

Bernie, I haven’t done many furniture or craft projects, but a lot of gunstock renovation. Sorry to say I haven’t found a commercial filler that works, but then, I have only tried a few so there may be an answer out there.
All that said, I’ve had excellent results with a paste of fine sawdust and epoxy, stain or dye added during the mixing. That usually – on walnut at least – turns out a bit darker than the stock in work so I keep a few pill bottles of sawdust from other stocks and pick the one just a bit lighter than the filler needed.
Downside is that it’s hard to get it right the first time. Perserverance will win though!!

I’ll follow your thread with interest, since a ‘real’ stainable filler will be nice to have.

PS. Ooops, Rich beat me to the punch, would like to know what brand of commercial filler used? I’ve also tried a sawdust/yellow glue mix but it just won’t penetrate like the epoxies. CA no good either.

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 06:05 PM

I have used Min-Wax brand wood filler and it took the stain well for me. I have used a handful of times and I think it works rather well. I have used both stain and shellac over it and it took both finishes. If you do use something like this some helpful advice would be to tape off the area around which you are filling. I find that if the filler soaks into the wood its a mess to get it out.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 06:20 PM

I have used wood-tex for many years. Best I ever used. It comes in several colors so you have a head start on staining to match.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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