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What in your opinion is the best stainable wood filler out there, I have used Minwax and Elmer's and not happy with the results I get ?

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Stainable wood filler?....I don't think such a thing exists, really. They all stand out horribly when the project is finished. I've had a lot better results with the colored wood fillers at the BORGs, and mixing them when necessary to get the right color.
 

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Agreed ^ ^ ^

Unless you're very lucky I can't remember coming across any filler that will take a stain the same as wood.

I personally prefer using a colour matched wax (similar to childrens colouring crayons) after the project has been stained and polished. However wax isn't much good when filling anything much bigger than pin holes


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I've bought just about every brand of wood filler out there and none have actually taken stain where it looks good and blends in. Ends up as a really dark blotch. Like others have already stated, the touch-up/fill-in crayons work best. On occasion, I have used the magic marker type of wood coloring for touching up projects that got nicked or dinged AFTER they were already finished.
 

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Well guys thats what I was thinking thanks for the help.

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I can't think of the name of it, but there is a light colored powder that you can custom tint by mixing it with the color stain you are using. I've had the same small container of it for years and it comes in handy in a pinch.
 

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Now that I think of it, Norm Abrams once recommended using sawdust from the wood itself mixed with wood glue to make a paste. He felt it bore the stain better than any putty.
 

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I’ll second the sawdust and glue method. I’ve used it myself and found it usually works well. Just have to make sure you don’t get too much glue in the mix.
 

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sawdust & glue method...

i've heard good things about this as well. but if you're going to stain it after using sawdust and glue as filler, won't it still turn out darker than the rest of your project? i would think the sawdust would be very porous, like end grain..?
 

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Yup - wood glue/sawdust will show up different with stain, buty it's way better than "stainable" wood filler. What they say is true - it's stainable. However they don't say it'll look anything like the wood itself when stained.

Where the wood glue/sawdust thing does come in handy is on glue lines when you're just putting poly or something along that line on. Rub some glue into the joint, then wipe off the excess with a damp rag, otherwise it'll clog the sanding disc. Then hit it with a sander and the sawdust will cling to the top of the glue in the glueline.
 

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stainable wood filler

Just finished staining a pine plank table. Elmers Stainable wood filler worked great. The DAP plastic wood filler was barely acceptable
 

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A lot depends on what you are doing. If you take a woodfiller like famowood natural and fill something to be stained dark you can't really expect to have good results. I've used bondo to fil stain grade wood with good results. The trick is you have to color the filler before you apply it. You can take any woodfiller and color it with a universal tinting color while it's wet. As far as packaged woodfillers I normally use either famowood or pl. I have also used sawdust and glue however the glue is likely to stain the wood making a halo around the spot unless it is thoroughly sanded.
 

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I've never been impressed with the results of a "stainable" filler - especially if I'm using a dark stain. I get the best results by filling with a color correct wax crayon after I've stained and before I apply the finish.

I've also had decent results by using a Famowood filler that is the color of the stained wood. For example, their Ash or Pine work pretty well on darker Maple.
 

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If you're trying to fill the grain I've heard good things about a product called Crystal Lac. I haven't used it myself though I plan to.

I've run into the same things as the others as far as staining wood filler. It always ends up darker. Even the stuff with wood fibers mixed in.
 

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I saw this post and was hoping for a miracle product as well. But everyone says the same thing ha. But I have also done the saw dust method. If the area you're not filling isn't too bad, it works pretty well.
 

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If you are looking for a "stainable" wood filler that will accept stain to be the same color as a particular species of wood, you won't find one.

The way you get around that is to finish your piece up to the application of the first clear coat. At this point you will know what color filler you need to best match. Find or mix your filler, apply it and let it dry and then apply your final clear coats.
 
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