Throw away your wood putty and fill your
unsightly wood cracks with honest-to-goodness WOOD !
Click here to download a printer friendly version of Tip-
Pg. 1 (290 KB)
Help with Downloading
woodworkers automatically reach for the wood filler when dealing
with cracks and splits…only to discover that their "filler"
doesn't take a stain that will match the rest of the wood
surface. The next time this happens to you, try this simple,
STEP 1: Start by widening and evening-out your crack
or split. The object is to make the crack or split straight
and consistent in width. For this process, use an artist's
X-Acto knife or an old hacksaw blade with a wooden handle
duct-taped to one end. Work your knife or saw blade back-and-forth
carefully and slowly, being careful to keep the crack or split
STEP 2: Next, use your table saw to shave off a thin
sliver of matching wood that's the same length and width of
your crack or split. Don't worry about whether or not your
sliver is too wide and destined to protrude above your wood
STEP 3: Glue your sliver into the crack and allow it
to dry thoroughly.
STEP 4: Start by hand-planing your sliver down until
it's just "proud" of your wood 's surface. Finally, sand it
down until it's even with the surface and stain to match.
That's it !