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Workshop tip: Straightforward method to disguise harm

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Whereas it’s at all times finest to fill gaps or harm with actual wooden if you happen to can, that’s not at all times attainable. Prior to now I’ve stuffed troublesome dings or harm with two forms of materials: a wax pencil or a mixed-up sludge of glue and sawdust. Frustratingly, the colour of the wax pencil isn’t fairly proper and the mud/ glue gunk is at all times darker than the wooden it’s product of.

Whereas planing some solid-wood edging flush on a latest cabinetry fee, I broken the walnut plywood in just a few spots, revealing the yellow glueline beneath the veneer. On a whim, I attempted a brand new patching strategy. I stuffed the little pit with just a few drops of yellow glue, ensuring the glue had good contact with the underside. Then I mashed up some dry chips and dirt from the stable walnut and pressed it onto the glue, pushing straight down with out rubbing the chips back and forth. This retains many of the glue away from the floor whereas nonetheless permitting it to carry the chips in place. Give the patch two hours to dry earlier than sanding it stage with a block. The patch takes any type of end effectively, with solely the slightest darkening, making it actually exhausting to search out until you inform somebody it’s there. Resist the urge to try this!

—ASA CHRISTIANA, Portland, Ore.

Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Tremendous Woodworking challenge #292

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