It never seems to fail: if you have wood in your home, you always end up with unwanted holes. Knowing the best way to fill various types and sizes of holes is critical in being able to make them less noticeable, so if you think that might be helpful, just keep on reading!
The easiest holes to repair are small, shallow nail holes, such as you might find in your woodwork or like what I found in the joint of one of my chairs.
For these I reach for Minwax® Wood Putty®, a non-hardening, color matched putty available in 8 popular wood tone colors, plus white and ebony. Just press it into the hole and wipe away any excess. Since the putty does not have to be sanded, there is no danger to the finish. See how it makes the hole virtually disappear in the photo above?
When working with raw wood, such as wood trim, unfinished furniture, or a refinishing project, small holes can be filled using Minwax® Stainable Wood Filler, a quick-drying wood filler ideal for repairing small cracks, knot holes, nail holes, and defects in the wood.
Simply squeeze the Stainable Wood Filler into the hole, then press it in firmly using the tip of a screwdriver. I prefer to mound it slightly to allow for shrinkage as it dries. Quick Tip: Neatness counts! Do not smear the filler over the wood, as that will make for extra sanding.
After it dried, which took about two hours, I sanded it flush with the wood using #120-grit sandpaper, then stained the entire shelf. You have to look closely to see the spot where the nail hole had been!
Quick Tip: Always sand in the direction of the grain of the wood to avoid unsightly scratches.
I have found that holes larger and deeper than ¼-inch should be filled with real wood, such as a dowel, glued into the hole. Quick Tip: Taper the blunt end of the wood plug slightly to make it easier to tap into the hole.
Swab the inside of the hole with woodworker’s glue before tapping in the plug. A cotton swab works great for this — and avoids smearing glue on the top of the wood!
Rather than opening a can of stain, use one of the Minwax® Stain Markers — stain in a felt tipped dispenser — to match the end of your wood plug to the board.
Trust me: once you start using those Stain Markers, you’ll keep finding ways to use them!
Until next time,
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Remember our kitchen project I mentioned recently? Well, it is progressing, day-by-day. While the trim carpenters were installing the cabinets, Leigh Ann (below, kneeling) went back out to the stone yard to check on the granite we ordered for the countertops. Stayed tuned for a complete step-by-step once it’s complete! Thanks – Bruce