In looking through prior postings this has been beat to death but I'd
like to poll folks before making a mess.
I's like to find or make a filler for birch that will accept stain well.
I'm leaning towards birch sanding dust mixed with nitrocellulose
lacquer. I see reference in prior postings to using shellac and PVA
glues like Titebond as the liquid to be mixed with the dust. I don't
see how much stain will be absorbed by any PVA glue, I'm not certain
Am I better off if I "pre-stain" by mixing stain with the lacquer or
will I get better results by staining the entire piece at one time?
In the past I've been disappointed with any filler I've bought.
Lacquer and dust pretty much describes wood putty, which will bridge large
gaps. Heavy the dust, light the lacquer will accept stain, but it'll never
look like wood, because it's going to soak light. That's why any filler
will disappoint, it'll absorb stain and light differently than the wood.
If you are only concerned about less-than-perfect fitting joints, you might
consider just rubbing the dust in and holding it with the oil in the stain.
There's enough hold in the average stain to do this if you apply your finish
carefully. The Watco lovers know about using sanding slurry to fill.
Anything bigger and I'd consider wedging or a Dutchman to cover.
laquer or glue will act as a barrier to stain . sand out and then stain,
then fill the grain with coats of clear sand and sealer. when to your satis
faction shoot a couple of coats of clear laquer . You could mix color into
the final laquer coat but that is reserved for low quality stuff or special
situations [in my opinion] mjh
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