Re: Homemade woodfiller?
I had a recent discussion with the sales guy at Mohawk about weather the oil based type or the water based type of wood filler is best for an application, I was filling cracks in fir floors. He swore by the water based but when I asked why they sell both ( they even have a Mohawk brand of oil based filler and the Mohawk reducer to go with it )
I asked what the pros and cons of either type were, and he was unable to answer my question, so much for his expertise I thought..
I have used both and my finding were that the oil based was nicer for staining and it dries faster, but the water based stays in an unhardened state ( better working time) and needs no stinky chemicals. I think I liked the results of the oil based type best. I buy the dry pigments and mix that in to get the color right, and do samples (with the finish on them). I find the red pigment is hard to get all mixed in and sometimes I find it leaves some red streaks but I prefer to leave it a little inconsistent so my filling isn't one flat consistent color. Nicer to mix two colors that are close to what you want then sort of blend them as you use them, so like the wood, it isn't an even color throughout the patch.
so just to piggyback off the original question..
what kind of filler do you use , and why?
I like to use masking tape to surround where I put he filler, then pull it away after applying the filler while it is still wet. I found it saved needing to sand as much to get rid of patches of stray filler from surrounding areas. also the patch then sits a little higher than the wood so after it dries ad shrinks it can be sanded or scraped flat to the surounding area, the thickness of the tape helps me lay it on a few thou higher than the surrounding area.
I'd say almost every good woodworker needs to use some fillers for some projects, maybe just wood defects, maybe to hide sins, but there is a lot to practice to get it to go on invisibly, but it is possible.
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