newbie question re: putty/filler

been working for a while now putting together my shop/studio for my stained glass work. Most of the visible surfaces are pine... and as i was planing on painting the stuctures i was somewhat indiscriminate with my usage of screws ... now i find i quite like the look of the natural wood ands would prefer to merely poly it. possibly stain as well. question being, what would be the most appropriate product i can buy off the shelf to fill in over those screw headsthat'll blend in to the pine?
minwax has a filler product that is stainable etc... but I'm thinking i want the natural pine look. and it has to be able to cover areas larger than a finishing nail head.
suggestions?
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Here is another approach:
Go an buy yourself a plug cutter. (get the kind that cuts a tapered plug..$10-$15 at WW Warehouse. Cylinderical plugs give a sloppy fit, tapered fits like a cork). Remove each screw one at a time... redrill the screw hole to the plug size and about 3/8" deep, reinsert screw and glue in the plug. Trim the plug flush with a sharp chisel. Trimming across the (plug's) grain rather than with it will reduce the chance of tearout.
It will look MUCH nicer than wood filler. You can use a contrasting wood, or turn the grain of the plug 90 degrees to the work piece if you want to highlight the plug rather than camouflage it.

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looks like someone stuck a piece of chewing gum on the wood. If you don't get a good color match, it looks even worse.
Somebody else suggested plugs. While they rarely blend in well, they somehow look more professional.
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If you can't get them to blend well, you're not spending enough time with them. Save the scraps and cut the plugs from them. As long as you're using a tapered plug cutter and aligning the grain, they will virtually disappear.
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Personally I like the idea of contrasting plugs. I've used walnut plugs in a pine box and like the results.
On Tue, 18 Nov 2003 16:47:25 GMT, "Wade Lippman"

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