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briyon

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Filling Holes in Walnut
« on: October 12, 2016, 01:55:44 PM »
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I am in the process of making a Pennsylvania spice cabinet out of walnut and want to know what folks use to fill nail holes.  I have glued and nailed the crown molding at the top of the case and countersunk the nails.  I am wondering what is the best way to fill the holes for finishing.

Thanks,

Brian
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Re: Filling Holes in Walnut
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2016, 09:43:09 PM »
I've used a paste filler made up of walnut dust and shellac and also have just dabbed hide glue in the nail hole and lightly sanded to mix walnut dust into it.
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Re: Filling Holes in Walnut
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2016, 09:39:04 AM »
I also use shellac and sawdust. For larger holes I have found a 50/50 mix of sawdust from a crosscut saw and dust from sanding with 220 works better than just the dust from sanding. And dust from just 220 for small holes.

I make mine as a thick paste, and pack it in the hole using another smaller nail or pick tool. I have just tried pushing it in with fingers and have had it pop out while cleaning it up.

I don't worry about getting it all over what-ever I'm filling. I try to wipe off whatever;s not covering the hole. I let it dry overnight and use a card scraper, gouge, whatever to clean it up.

It's very noticeable before the finish is on, basically it's like you finished a few little dots. But once the finish is on it blends in quite well and is barely noticeable.
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Re: Filling Holes in Walnut
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2016, 10:11:41 AM »
Thank you both for the responses.  I am going to give the shellac/saw dust a try.
Brian Harding
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Re: Filling Holes in Walnut - Another Question about cracks in a crotch
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2016, 03:51:13 PM »
The shellac and walnut dust worked excellent in the nail holes.  Now I am wondering about filling some small cracks in a walnut crotch panel for the door.  The cracks are fairly small both in terms of length and width (separation).  I am wondering if the same trick can be used here?  I have heard of using 2 part epoxy with dye.  Just wondering about the preferred method.  Would hide glue work?

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Brian
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Re: Filling Holes in Walnut
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2016, 03:57:28 PM »
Adding a photo of the cracks.  They are visible on the back as well
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Re: Filling Holes in Walnut
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2016, 11:44:12 AM »
I've used hide glue, filing dust, thick plane plane shavings, and thin walnut wedges.  Just jammed them in!
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Re: Filling Holes in Walnut
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2016, 12:06:44 AM »
Thanks Tom, the hide glue and sawdust worked great.
Brian Harding
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