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Old 19 July 2009, 06:25   #1
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Good Quality Wood Filler

Last year I made a large picnic table out of a felled pine tree that lay for about 7 years , thinking this would be long enough for it to be seasoned, I set about making it, it had to be light enough to be lifted by oap's but heavy enough to seat six, I wasnt so concerened about the structure but the top was finished to a high standard, well, after a year inside and despite being glued, bolted and stopped, the pine has shrunk a little, which I thought it might do, leaving about an eighth inch gap between the top boards, and I need a good wood filler light in colour to fill these, it needs to be water proof and hard wearing, something similar to stuff I've seen on teak decking, any ideas chaps ?
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Old 19 July 2009, 06:50   #2
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would you not be better running a beed down it with a router and putting in a fillet of wood?

If not Heres a link for filler

http://www.woodfillers.co.uk/ or try the axminster tools website
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If the splits are significant, I'd use P38 (car body filler), after sanding give it a light stain (the filler will take the stain), then re-seal the whole issue. I find most wood filler pretty rubbish and only suitable for indoor use.

I've just brought an old GP14 sailing dinghy back to life for the kids. The ply deck got a fair bit of wood filler followed by 4 coats of International yacht varnish, lookin' good.
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http://www.axminster.co.uk/category-Fillers-206896.htm

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would you not be better running a beed down it with a router and putting in a fillet of wood?
I hadnt thought of that it would certainly work, I left the outside table edges natural as the side of the trunk for rustic effect , so the edges arent straight, and therefor not useable as a guide, never having user a router, how would you keep it straight in the groove ?

Ofcourse it would mean buying more power tools ......

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Routers are cute. clamp a stright edge down the work and just cuddle up to it. If the taxman is paying for it Hitachi Metabo Elu Porta cable are all top tools. practice first!
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what Mollers said would be practicle you could also colour match it ....if your stuck take a run out to Shotts ....i still have a dozen or so routers and a few hundred cutters and various templates and jigs and i'll show you how to use one safely. I used to do some really fancy dovetail work with a router and won another router with this wee table.

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Thats a very stunning bit of craftsmandhip! I hope to be in sc hotts quite soon and would be grateful for a few lessons
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That looks very nice Ian and thanks for the offer ( hope your keeping better these days too )

I think you guys have tempted me to 'pimp' it up, and I'm gonna use some mahogany I rescued from a transpoprt crate would you believe which was made of the stuff , and came from the far east, I cant believe they use a good hard wood like that for shipping stuff, it was a long crate so should be ok

It will add a nice bit of colour too, especially once the varnish soaks in

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If the splits are significant, I'd use P38 (car body filler), after sanding give it a light stain (the filler will take the stain), then re-seal the whole issue. I find most wood filler pretty rubbish and only suitable for indoor use.
You kinda said what I was thinking about wood fillers , but I never thought of using body filler .. very interesting to know
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