What do y'all use to fix an edge on a piece of wood? I had a bit of
splintering in spite of climb-cutting with the router. What I ended
up doing was using a few layers of wood putty, building it up/sanding
it to shape gradually. It worked, but it was time consuming.
What I'd like to do is clamp a waxed board to the edge where the tear
out occurred, then squeeze some _________ (insert appropriate product
name here) on it, let it set, and then just sand it to shape. It
needs to be fairly compatible with the wood for finishing purposes.
ive had good luck using 30 minute epoxy mixed with sanding dust from the
piece to form a wood paste. ive found you can get away with thicker coats
than just regular wood putty. depending on the finish it may or may not
match. test it first for your particular application.
Make a piece of scrap into a patch. With something like oak, you can join
where the pores are large almost invisibly. Rout the patch.
You can make a reverse mold if you want, but it would take longer than the
Never found a filler, commercial or home brew that was worth a damn for
anything but filling very small brad holes. If you want it to look like wood
you trim it up, glue matching wood to it, then reshape..
As someone said, with porous woods like oak, using a patch of wood is
simple. I've had tearouts while routing the spruce top of a guitar,
or rosewood sides and backs, and even then was able to get an
invisible repair (must admit the spruce top was a heart-stopper for a
few minutes!). Shave off a piece with the same color and grain
orientation, carve it a bit to fit the hole, then apply a small amount
of superglue and clamp. After drying, shape to the desired look.
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