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Does anyone have any good suggestions on how to stain over wood filler in nail holes etc. The filler I use says that it takes stains easily but no matter what I do I can still see the filler and it just doesn't seem to stain up and blend in like it should . Any help would be appreciated. THANKS

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get a wood filler that will match the finished color as close as possible then fill in the holes after you are done staining,
Just used this stuff on my shelving project and it's simply amazing, I used white, but they have every color you can think of or you can tint it to match any color.


One thing I do that works well is that I take dust from the wood that I've cut or chips and mix them with glue to form a paste and use that for nail holes. It takes stain great and it's hard to tell there was every a defect. If I don't have any dust for the species I'm using, I just grab some scrap and a drill and make some. I have never gone back to wood filler after this and not to mention, shrinkage is not an issue either.
Do you mean wood glue? This is just what I needed...thanks for sharing!

justin waldron said:
One thing I do that works well is that I take dust from the wood that I've cut or chips and mix them with glue to form a paste and use that for nail holes. It takes stain great and it's hard to tell there was every a defect. If I don't have any dust for the species I'm using, I just grab some scrap and a drill and make some. I have never gone back to wood filler after this and not to mention, shrinkage is not an issue either.
Yes, with wood glue.  Let me know how it works for you!

Donna Foster said:
Do you mean wood glue? This is just what I needed...thanks for sharing!

justin waldron said:
One thing I do that works well is that I take dust from the wood that I've cut or chips and mix them with glue to form a paste and use that for nail holes. It takes stain great and it's hard to tell there was every a defect. If I don't have any dust for the species I'm using, I just grab some scrap and a drill and make some. I have never gone back to wood filler after this and not to mention, shrinkage is not an issue either.
Thanks Robert for the video. They both were very interesting!

Robert Goss said:
Just used this stuff on my shelving project and it's simply amazing, I used white, but they have every color you can think of or you can tint it to match any color.


I'm with Justin.  Take the sawdust and mix it with your wood glue for small nail holes.  It works like a charm
I just recently stained the table for my mom and used the ol' sawdust and glue technique myself; have for all of my refinishing projects and new builds, it stays true to the wood color and just seems to work the best for my uses...If you don't want to use it though, at least use a really good wood conditioner after you fill with the putty and before you begin staining; it does help some with the blending you are talking about and really does wonders with the smooth application of stains...
I had good luck using,  as Ray suggested, a filler that color matches the stain you are using.

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