How to Make and Use Your Own Wood Filler
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How to Make and Use Your Own Homemade Wood Filler
With a host of inexpensive commercial wood masses and masses available, you might be wondering why you would want to make your own DIY wood putty.
Ready-to-use wood fillers are easy to work with and some are stained to mimic the colors of various types of wood. Still, many trained carpenters make their own wood fillers for a few reasons.
Why Make Your Own Wood Filler
DIY wood putty is often called carpenter's putty, as fine carpenters and carpenters often create their own putty to match a specific woodworking project. This close combination is achieved by using the wood itself, mixing sawdust from the same wood with a binder, usually wood glue.
Convenience is another reason you may want to make your own lumber dough. If you run out of commercial wood putty while working on a project, you can make a small batch of your own in less than 10 minutes.
The DIY wood filler will match the wood in your project, but it won't be exactly the same as the glue will be a different color than the wood. DIY filler works well for filling small holes and cracks, but not strong enough to fill large holes, cracks, and crevices. As with any wood putty, the DIY putty will not be able to match the grain of the wood. Most wood glue is stained slightly brown, but if you can find white wood glue, it will create a better color combination.
Equipment / Tools
- Electric sander, file, or rasp
- Putty knife
- FIne-grit sandpaper
- Tack cloth
- Craft stick
- Cardboard or scrap wood
- Wood glue
Make Some Sawdust
Sand a piece of sample wood that matches the project material. A collection bag sander makes it easy to collect the sawdust, but a file, rasp, or hand sander will also produce perfectly usable sawdust if you don't have an electric sander.
Gather a pile of sawdust onto a piece of cardboard or pieces of wood. Sift the sawdust and remove large particles, wood or metal shavings, or other impurities.
Make sure the powder matches the area you want to patch. For example, don't use powder from a knotted area, which is generally darker than the rest of the wood.
Mix the Wood Filler
Collect the clean sawdust in a small pile. Add wood glue and stir with a stick, adding more glue until you get a thick dough, roughly the texture of cookie dough. Avoid adding too much glue to make the mixture runoff.
Wood glue sets relatively quickly, so don't delay - you have about 10 minutes of total working time to prepare and apply the filler.
Make a workable dough out of the mixture that you can roll between your fingers. If the putty has already started to harden, it will be difficult to apply it to the work material.
If this happens, start with a new batch and slightly increase the amount of wood glue in the mix. Once the proper texture is achieved, proceed immediately to apply the filler to the work material.
Apply the Wood Filler
Push the putty into the gouge by hand, scrape or punch a hole in the work material, then remove the excess by hand. Working quickly, use a putty knife to smooth out the wood filler and scrape off the excess. Let the filling dry completely.
Wash the spatula immediately with warm soapy water. Filler is difficult to remove from tools once dry. Discard unused wood filler; cannot be saved.
Finish the Project
Lightly sand the filled area with a fine-grit sandpaper. It won't take much effort to sand the smooth area; Avoid sanding too much as this will damage the patch.
Clean the area with a non-stick cloth.
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Source: Walkers Woodworks
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