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A neat way to fill nail dimples

A neat way to fill nail dimples

After I milled some custom oak molding, then stained and finished it to match the existing woodwork, I wanted to avoid the inevitable blemishes from wood filler used to hide countersunk finish nails.

My solution: Place a small piece of masking tape at each point you want to nail. Drive and countersink nails through the tape, then apply wood filler. When you peel off the tape, you'll find a perfectly round spot, with no dulling of the surrounding area. This technique works anytime you need to nail prefinished wood.

--James Vasi, Williamsville, N.Y.

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Comments (3)
colin.macphee wrote:

Now why didn't I think of that! Great idea

9/21/2011 05:01:14 PM Report Abuse
Eaton474 wrote:

Now that is an idea I like!

8/25/2011 10:58:31 AM Report Abuse
Trent The Thief wrote:

Great tip, James! Thanks.

1/20/2011 10:09:32 AM Report Abuse

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