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Forum topic by Mainboom posted 03-23-2019 10:52 PM 386 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2019 10:52 PM

So im in the middle of making this ladder chair. As I was flush routing one of the pieces I accidently took too big of a cut and the bit pulled a chunk of wood out. Im using walnut. I was thinking of using wood filler to fix this problem then just sanding it down.

Anyone have another idea how to fix this ? only other thing I can think to do is cut the area out and glue a chunk of new wood in then re flush route or sand it. its about an 1/8 inch deep so id prefer not to glue the wood in.
So will wood filler work for this I have never used it before and will wood filler accept gel stain ?

Or can I just mix some shavings with glue and kinda paste that in or will it just look jacked up ?

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#1 posted 03-23-2019 11:39 PM

Wood filler is not a fix glue mixed with sawdust is even worse. There’s always a fix with some scraps of wood. If it’s real bad and too close to jointery then remake the part.
That’s what I think.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 03-23-2019 11:56 PM

I think a lot of it depends on whether the joint is going to be stressed much. Wood glue with sawdust generally wouldn’t be a good idea on any sort of stressed joint. Wood filler (at least in my experience) is much weaker than the sawdust and wood glue mix. I strictly use filler and the wood glue + sawdust mixture for filling small holes, not joints. I think putting in another piece of wood could work, but try to make sure the grain direction is in favor of the joint and not going to make it weaker. Again, it all depends on the stress on the joint. Just remember that wood glue is stronger than the wood itself.

Good luck,

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#3 posted 03-24-2019 12:15 AM

I have carved out the offending area with a tapered entrance, then carved a “plug” that fits snug, applied glue and pounded the plug in to dry, then carved/sanded the plug to fit the contour of the area.

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#4 posted 03-24-2019 12:46 AM

wood filler is now for structural strength. We all do ooops once and a while, just a matter of changing the ooops to a panned look. So only you now of the ooops. A picture in this case will help for a planned look, for structure strength

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#5 posted 03-24-2019 01:23 AM

I have glued a piece of wood in and sanded to match. Works great.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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#6 posted 03-24-2019 02:17 AM

this isn’t in a “structural” area. there is no joint involved. throwing the piece away is not an option. neither is remaking the part. I don’t have enough wood left. this is purely a cosmetic thing. As I said its only maybe 1/8 inch deep and maybe a 1/2 long. the location is on the outside of the back rest riser
I’ll just sand it down and add a glue block. just thought someone might have a idea other then what I was thinking.

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