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Doing woodworking for 30+ years I have never been truly satisfied with any of the on-the-shelf wood fillers, for no matter how many I purchased, none of them were the exact color, filling that tiny crack and almost disappearing. So yesterday I had an idea and may (operative word) hit upon something.

I had been doing some finish sanding with the orbital sander...so I dumped the sander dust bag contents (same color as the shank!) onto a paper towel added some Elmer's wood glue and made my own wood filler.

Into that small crack it went and once dry I sanded it away.

I'm reasonably pleased with the result.

-neb
 

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That's an old carpenters trick. My dad (who was a master craftsman) taught me do do that when I was young. If color is not an issue, auto body filler (Bondo) works great too. It adhears very well, is tough and easy to work (and it can be colored to some degree).
 

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I also make the wood glue/sawdust filler. Works reasonably well.
 

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Think this is a standard way for most people its something I have always done ,It does give a very strong finish .you can also use it to cut out a design in low relief then use it as a decorative filler using different coloured woods. Its quite effective and stands out well when sanded back
 

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You can also use thin supper glue to fill cracks. Put a small amount of saw dust in the crack cover that with thin supper glue. Repeat the proses until you have filled the crack. Makes a strong acrylic patch. I have used it on sticks, wooden pens and wood bowls.
 
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