Recommendation for filling tearout in QSWO trunk lid?

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Forum topic by TomTinkerSum posted 09-15-2013 03:31 AM 1325 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2013 03:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stain putty qswo white oak filler resource tip question trick oak finishing

Fellow Lumberjocks,

I have a bit of tearout right in the middle of a trunk lid I am building. The tearour is about 1/4” to 3/8” long. I was using a Kreg bit to countersink some screws into lid supports. The collar set to close not allowing enough flute clearout room for wood chips. Anyways, I am NOT redoing this %$$^ lid. I need some solid experience direction.

The lid is quartersawn white oak. I used Cabot natural stain on the bottom portion of the trunk and planned on using the same on top. Looking for a good putty to blend and stain.

I have used Timber Mate before with not so favorable results. The natural stain on other project did NOT take to Timber Mate and dark ebony stain on another project soaked in barley.

Thanks for any and all assistance.


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#1 posted 09-15-2013 04:05 AM

If you are going to fill and stain it, making it match
can be frustrating. You probably are not equipped
to run a test panel of stained fillers to find a good
match. I have jars of dry artists pigments and assorted
other things I have acquired over the years and
that is what I mean be being equipped.

I am not an expert. I hate this stuff and prefer not
to use stains at all.

You can get oil based fillers or crayons to put on
after the stain. These can work pretty well.

Another approach is to fill with a hard filler, colored
close to your target color if you can, then let it
dry, scratch in a pore pattern with a pick, and then
“dry brush” using model/craft acrylic paints.

What I really recommend is you scrape out the
tear-out as much as possible. If you don’t have
a card scraper it can be done with razor blades
or shards of broken glass.

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 01:14 AM

I’ve given up on putty. Three recommendations:
1. Make a diamond shaped wood patch out of the same or contrasting wood.
2. Filled with dyed epoxy.
3. Fill with CA glue and sanding dust.

-- Rick M,

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