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Old 21st October 2006, 02:09 AM   #1
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Default Filler for mitered wood edges that aren't flush?

Working with African Mahogany. I've got maybe a 1/16" gap on 2 mitered corners. Started using one of those colored wax pencils, but not sure this is going to fill it. Also, I mis-drilled a screw hole and need to fill it as well. I'm only using a thin resin-based lacquer (dammar crystals dissolved in turpentine). Any advise on what to use to fill?
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Old 21st October 2006, 02:33 AM   #2
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I'd probably use a solvent based wood filler, like Famowood(which is available in Mahogany). Solvent based wood fillers typically dry very quickly, stain well, and are rarely affected by finish. I'm not familiar with the type of finish you're using but many(such as shellac) can be mixed with sawdust and used to fill cracks, but generally speaking it isn't as easy to use, nor as reliable.
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Old 21st October 2006, 04:56 AM   #3
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Fine sawdust from the type of wood youu're using (grind a piece with a belt sander is great) and mix with wood glue - color matching "oops" putty
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Old 22nd October 2006, 02:42 AM   #4
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Default Thanks Guys. The Famowood worked great

I took the path of least resistance. Famowood is basically sawdust and solvent in a bottle. $2.89 a quart. Worked great. No more gaps. thanks much.
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Old 22nd October 2006, 03:25 AM   #5
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a 1/16th is a pretty big gap -- you might want to consider getting a better miter attachment and a better saw blade -- the other thing to consider is whether (in the future) you couldn't make a better joint with a router and a 45 degree bevel bit, together with a regular 3/8" bit.
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