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I'm working on a maple and walnut chess board and have some spaces to fill. I have a mixture of sanding dust from both woods (and scrap to make one or the other).

I've been reading about epoxy vs. wood glue, and the consensus seems to be that epoxy is best.

But I'm wondering if anyone has tried wood hardener and sanding dust?

Thanks for any input.
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Personally I think neither is best. Either adhesive will penetrate quite a bit into the wood and seal the grain making a glue stain which can show up in the finish even if there is no stain. It would be better to mask off each side of the crack with masking tape and use wood putty to fill the void. The binder in wood putty doesn't penetrate into the wood as much so normal sanding usually takes care of it. Wood putty comes in a variety of different colors including walnut.
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Timbermate is some pretty good filler, kind of hard to find except on amazon
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On a chess board I would force wood glue into the crack. If wide enough you can use a knife point but if very small you can use air pressure to get the glue down as deep as you can. Then use the wood powder you have and force it hard into the crack on top of the glue. Usually this can be done by rubbing the wood powder back and forth over the crack with your thumb.
I think you will be fine after sanding.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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