Because wood putty never seems to exactly match the wood, patches stick out like a sore thumb.

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woodworking technique shop tip

Because wood putty never seems to exactly match the wood, patches stick out like a sore thumb. For an exact color match, there's nothing closer than the actual wood. Gather fresh sawdust--the finer the better--from your belt sander or workbench. On waxed paper, stir the sawdust into a puddle of epoxy. Fill holes, cracks, and mistakes with the mixture.

—From the WOOD® magazine shop