First Woodworking Project Questions
I am working on my first legit woodworking project and I've run into some questions. I am making a sofa table out of knotty alder.
1) I dropped my project and a small chunk of wood chipped off the corner. Is there a way to fix that? This morning, I globed some wood filler on and am hoping I can sand it into the right shape, but I have no idea if that will work or how it will look after stain.
3) There are a couple of places where the wood is starting to peel off of the board. If I tear it off, it will be pretty deep at one end and I don't think I will be able to sand it out well. Is there a way to glue it back down? I thought about putting wood glue underneath it, but it fits so perfectly together now, i'm worried if I put glue under it, it won't lay flat anymore.
4) I just can't figure out how to best finish it. I've read that Alder wood will be splotchy if I just stain it. Then I read that wood conditioner will help. Then I read that wood conditioner is that great and that gel stain will work well and is easier. I'm thinking I will just use gel stain and finish with Waterlox. Is that a good idea? Will that produce a professional look while protecting the piece?
5) I love the look of knots in the wood. The small knots I filled with wood filler, but the larger knots, I don't want to fill with wood filler because I think it will hide the beauty of the knot. However, I want a smooth table surface. Is there a clear filler I can use? I've read that some empoxys might work? Or a shellac stick?
Thank you for your help! I'm so excited about this table, but I want to do it right and create a piece that will become an heirloom! (FYI I have it all put together and sanded and it looks beautiful so far :) )