With apologies to the Beatles, there's no rain getting in, but there is
definitely some "mind wandering" involved.
In short, I made a mistake last night that has left a maybe 1/8" hole in
the side edge of a maple face frame. Two actually. I measured once, at
night, at the end of a day filled with family obligations, so an error
was to be expected, I guess.
Anyway, how do I fill it? The face frame is as yet unfinished, and won't
be stained. Is it as simple as a light-colored wood putty? Or is there a
cleverer approach? If sawdust from the same stock is required, I have a
more than adequate supply.
You can try to use a "Dutchman", for only an 1/8" hole I would use a
Maple wood filler, mixed with some of that fine sawdust.
I like either "Famowood", or "MinWax", both can be purchased for maple,
and either one will work ... just buy as small an amount as you can
I think this is an "it depends" question. If the holes are on the edge of
the face frame where they end up inside a door/drawer opening, tinted wood
filler is probably fine. If the holes are on an outside edge where they are
kind of "in your face" (like next to a well lighted sink at eyeball level or
something similar) I'd try an inlet patch made of the same material that
matches the grain and color as close as possible as it would be less
noticeable than round "spots." Failing that, if the option exists, I'd make
another part or plane the edge off and apply a relatively thin veneer piece
to the entire edge. If you keep the new piece thin it will not be noticeable
if the edges of the frame are eased.
A few years back I had a similar disaster when the depth stop lock handle on
my hollow chisel mortiser cracked, unnoticed, while the machine was in use.
The result being that the depth stop was slipping with each plunge until I
finally blew a hole through the side of a style where there was supposed to
be a blind mortise. It figured that it was in the most noticeable location
on the whole project! Efforts to grain and color match a patch/veneer to the
quarter sawn white oak failed. I ultimately made a new style which was no
small feat as the color, grain, and ray fleck all had to match the
BTW, it turns out that those stop lock handles are the most commonly
replaced part on the mortiser... which makes me wonder how many others
I saw the other suggestions.
Mine would be to enlarge the hole to 1/4 or 3/8
Then make a plug to fit the hole. I have a set of tapered plug cutters
Choose your plug wood from a relatively close grain pattern, and
install, flush cut and plane. If you do it right it will barely be
noticeable , or not at all.
On Monday, March 4, 2013 6:50:54 PM UTC-6, woodchucker wrote:
I'm with woodchucker.
I made a similar goof a few weeks ago on a cabinet door and repaired it wit
h a plug. When I say "plug" I do not mean dowel. As woodchucker said, get
a tapered plugcutter and enlarge your hole to accept a plug from the small
est plugcutter you can get. Cut the plug from a piece of stock that closel
y matches your frame. When you insert the glued plug into the hole take yo
ur time to align the grain in the plug with the host grain. Use a plug or
dowel saw to trim the plug flush and sand. If you haven't used a plug cutt
er before you might want to practice, but with a little practice and luck y
ou can get a repair that is nearly invisible.
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