I was thinking another option might be the 3m weld wood epoxy (I think its called). I have used it for floors in the past so I already have the gun. I can drill a 3/32 hole and inject epoxy. I thought about trying it that way so I wouldn't have to actually pull it all apart (easy way out right). Maybe inject in a couple places, clamp, then drill and inject more. I use soft wax and know I can make the holes disappear.
That brings up another thing I guess, I've been wanting to learn how to burn in filler, is it shellac or lacquer based I can't remember? I've talked with a couple guys that do it, sounds like its becoming a lost art like a lot of woodworking techniques I guess.