I am very much new to woodworking and as such I am coming across the issue of hiding small errors. I once had a cabinetmaker tell me the difference between an experienced woodworker and a non-experienced is how well they hide their mistakes. I am trying to make up a picture frame and find myself with small gaps in the miter joints on the back side of the frame. These are roughly a 1/16" of an inch. I have Elmer's wood filler but I have also heard of people using saw dust and glue? Is one better than the other for lasting or hiding the mistake? How much glue to how much saw dust? Is there another solution, besides having more talent in the first place ?
If u`re getting a gap on the back side & not on the fron maybe your table saw blade is not at a 90 deg angle,just bring it up full hight & put a square next to & there should not be light between the square & the blade ,if there is just make the adjustment until they are both tight together .
Will this location you are fixing be in view normally? If it will not, and the gap needs also to be filled to help maintain structural integrity, use the wood/glue mix as this will have better holding power than just filler.
If the location will be in view, note that neither glue/wood nor filler stain well, but if painting over, you are OK and should probably just use filler as it is quicker/easier.
Thank you for the replies. In general the gaps I have kept to the back of the frames. I realized half of the way through cutting the 45s that my compound miter saw blade was not 90 degrees. I'm going to have to play with sawdust/shellac/glue combos though. I can't help but feel this won't be my first mistake!