Best filler to match natural maple?

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Forum topic by diito posted 09-26-2014 07:10 AM 1178 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2014 07:10 AM

I did a simple square inlayed maple internal border on the drawer fronts of a cherry dresser I just finished building. The maple inlay is mitered where it meets in the corners. While I went to great effort to get those perfect when I sanded everything flush I had a few tiny little gaps on a couple corners, at worst ~1/64”. Just sanding them the dust fills them in where they completely disappear, but of course that doesn’t last without something to bind it in place. I plan on finishing this whole project just with Arm-R-Seal for a natural look.

Are there any products/methods anyone knows to get (near) perfect color matched filler for natural maple? I’ve experimented with mixing sanding flour into a putty with epoxy, ca, liquid hide, and wood glue. All add some color to the wood so that you can tell. I have not yet tried white glue or mixing the dust in with some Arm-R-Seal and making a filler that way. Would an off the shelf filler actually work better here? Any other ideas?

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 11:29 AM

Get some glue over the gap and force it in with your finger. Use the sawdust from the wood and pour it over the glue and gently tap on it until it gets wet. Let it dry and sand. Alternative, fill the gap with sawdust and pour ca glue over it and sand about an hour later.


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#2 posted 09-26-2014 12:27 PM

yes what mrjinx said using white glue. (It dries clear) I have also used a paste made of lacquer and sanding powder when I was using a lacquer finish over it. Your Arm-r-seal idea is worth experimenting with.

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#3 posted 09-27-2014 12:44 AM

I would use Timbermate grain filler as the glue/shellac/sawdust mixtures always turn out darker than the wood for me.

This stuff is inexpensive and idiot proof to use.

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