I love wood filler. I hate holes, so I love wood filler. It's so easy to use and after the furniture is painted, you can't even tell there was ever a hole there. Would you like to share in my bliss?
Since my father and I recycle old wood for projects, the wood can come with nail holes and any number of "defects" (put in quotes because sometimes I like the character those "defects" give). How we fill the holes depends on the finish for the peice.
Stain = no wood filler.
Paint = yes wood filler.
The bedside table I've been working on has quite a few holes that have needed patching. For once I remembered to take progressive pictures for you! I decided I'd give you a run-down on wood filler.
Here we have pretty little bedside drawer.
It is pretty sturdily put together, not just with screws but with notches as well. Just the same, I would rather the screw holes not show up in the finished product, especially those in front. (Can you spot them on either side of the front?)
So I grab the Elmer's wood filler to start patching things up.
Then give it another coat of primer and take you out of the oven 'cuz you're done!
Hope some of you found this as useful as I did. You can also use wood filler for peices that you're refinishing, not building from scratch.
Remember- don't use wood filler if you are going to use wood stain! It is for paint only.
Hooray for holelessness!