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Making your own filler

Making your own filler

To fix gaps, cracks, and small holes, make your own filler by mixing sanding dust with hide glue, linseed oil, or a bit of your final finish. Here, we used polyurethane varnish and powdery dust that we reclaimed from the bag of our belt sander.

Make your filler into a thick paste, and force it into the gap with a putty knife. Sand it to aid in drying and to level the surface. Use the same grit that you used for your final sanding step.


Comments (2)
chrischappell1 wrote:

An old carpenter showed me another recipe for a wood filler by mixing corn starch and linseed oil together to a peanut butter like consistency wrap it up in burlap and rub against the grain. It stain well and I have had lots of success with it.

8/26/2011 09:37:06 PM Report Abuse
MSWOODcraft wrote:

But be sure not to use yellow glue! If you're going to apply a stain the vinyl component in yellow glue will resist taking the stain. HIDE glue is what you want to use if you use glue at all.

8/25/2011 02:41:36 PM Report Abuse

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