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Forum topic by RickDel posted 12-18-2018 03:54 AM 1134 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2018 03:54 AM

Hello, I’m new to woodworking and recently built a couple small shelves. I made a mistake and sanded the edge of the piece of wood next to my crown trim and now there’s a gap. Should I spackle the gap or just leave it? I’m painting this project with latex paint. Thanks – Rick


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#1 posted 12-18-2018 04:06 AM

First off, WELCOME to LumberJocks!

Fill it or not? I don’t believe there is a right or wrong answer here. What do you prefer?
That being said, if I was painting it, I would fill it.

Good luck!

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#2 posted 12-18-2018 04:13 AM

Thank you! I think I’ll fill it too. I was just curious what you guys with experience would do. Thanks!

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#3 posted 12-18-2018 04:25 AM

If it’s to be painted, I’d just caulk it.

If it’s to stay distressed, I’d just burn it.

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#4 posted 12-18-2018 06:39 AM

Spackle will will just end up cracking do you’ll need to caulk instead.

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#5 posted 12-18-2018 07:32 AM

If you only paint it, after a pretty short interval it will crack, and be uglier than you’ll want. I’d use a good quality caulk and let it dry a bit before painting.

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#6 posted 12-18-2018 07:41 AM

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#7 posted 12-18-2018 01:07 PM

Welcome to LJ’s ! As was said, if it is to be painted, caulk and paint. If it is to be finished otherwise, re-cut. Work Safely, Have Fun and Good Luck!

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#8 posted 12-18-2018 04:49 PM

Another vote for caulking it.

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#9 posted 12-18-2018 05:16 PM

Caulking is the answer but make sure it is a paintable type.

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#10 posted 12-18-2018 05:30 PM

Man, that’s a lot of responses… I definitely came to the right place. THANK YOU!!

I’m going to caulk it and spray it will latex.

QUESTIONS: Just to be clear, I should caulk because wood filler / spackle can crack, right? Should the caulk bead be thin and flush with the two pieces or should it be proud and rounded out from the gap?

That might be a dumb question, but I find myself spending a ton of time researching things like that since I don’t much experience.

Thanks Again!!

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#11 posted 12-18-2018 06:39 PM

“Should the caulk bead be thin and flush with the two pieces or should it be proud and rounded out from the gap?”

I actually already filled the gap with caulk. It was so small I had to lay a small bead and then run a flat edge over it to smooth it flat. In the smallest gaps the caulk pulled out, but I’m pretty confident those areas will be concealed by paint.

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#12 posted 12-18-2018 06:43 PM

Get you a wet rag. wet your finger, smooth the caulk into the joint, wipe finger off on rag, repeat.

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#13 posted 12-19-2018 01:46 AM

It’s “painters’ caulk” you want. Designed for that purpose. I’m surprised nobody mentioned this (though they sort of implied it).

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#14 posted 12-19-2018 02:02 AM



It s “painters caulk” you want. Designed for that purpose. I m surprised nobody mentioned this (though they sort of implied it).

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#15 posted 12-19-2018 02:04 AM

I used what I already had: Alex Plus 10.1 oz. White Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone because its labeled as “paintable caulk”. The “painter’s caulk” doesn’t appear have silicone so I hope that doesn’t give me a problem.

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