Is there a reasonably easy way to fill in thick gouges in wood?
By "thick", I'm referring to up to 1". I'm referring to a door frame which
is interior where an animal chewed large parts of it on the inside (long
story). It's structurally sound, since the frame has not been affected, but
the frame is not visually appealing.
Replacing just that one side of the frame is possible, but laborious, since
the door is hung and the trim places on the opposite side of the door are in
place. In theory, with the right tools, pieces could be cut away and new
wood inlayed with glue but I don't have anything which can cut out pieces
with that kind of accuracy on an existing frame (it would also be incredibly
messy in the room).
Since things are mostly ok except for the appearance as is, the easiest
solution would be to put in a filler if one exists (e..g. a 2-part filler
like Bondo for cars) then just spackle over for the final finish, put on a
new piece of interior molding and paint.