LumberJocks

Best Wood Filler to Stain Over on Poplar

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by wilschroter posted 02-16-2019 12:12 PM 449 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View wilschroter's profile

wilschroter

56 posts in 828 days


02-16-2019 12:12 PM

I’m going to be building a closet out of poplar and plan on staining it when done.

I’d like to use a wood filler for nails holes and a few errant seams that will take an oil-based stain as well as possible. On my last project I used a Wonderfil ebony filler because I was going to use an ebony stain and it worked OK. Just curious if there is a more specific filler that folks use that accepts stain better.


6 replies so far

View dhazelton's profile

dhazelton

2837 posts in 2600 days


#1 posted 02-16-2019 12:17 PM

Stain the wood first, add a layer of varnish or whatever your finish is and then match the filler to that.

View Gene Howe's profile (online now)

Gene Howe

11334 posts in 3732 days


#2 posted 02-16-2019 03:02 PM

I use Timbermate. It takes stain …fairly…well. but, it can be mixed with powdered or water based dyes to achieve the color you need and used as dhazelton suggests.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

View CaptainKlutz's profile

CaptainKlutz

956 posts in 1797 days


#3 posted 02-16-2019 05:03 PM

+1 Timbermate – Use natural color, absorbs dye stains well, oil based gel stains fairly well.

I have good luck with Behlen’s Water based grain filler on minor imperfections. Absorbs stain evenly.

Hardest part of any patch prior to staining is at edges of defects filled – the ends of wood fibers absorb more color than rest. Hence,
+1 dHazelton – Fill after adding color.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

View htl's profile (online now)

htl

4547 posts in 1462 days


#4 posted 02-16-2019 05:29 PM

I’m with dhazelton
Build the project get it all sanded, stain add first coat of finish then use colored putty [Home Depot has many different shades of putty] then second coat.
You can also mix two colors of putty to get just the right shade.
Doing it this way the filler can’t seal the wood where the stain can’t get to the wood and do it’s job.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

View dhazelton's profile

dhazelton

2837 posts in 2600 days


#5 posted 02-16-2019 05:45 PM

In the 70s we would do as i suggested and the filler we used was just linseed oil glazing putty mixed with stain. perfectly fine for nail holes.

View htl's profile (online now)

htl

4547 posts in 1462 days


#6 posted 02-16-2019 07:27 PM

Yep! dhazelton
That’s about the time I was doing a ton a cabinets, before nailing on the face frames was a no no. LOL

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com