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.
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.
Even if you are lucky enough to get a really good color match, filler still
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.
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
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