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Wood filler advice?

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    jojo S3 Drift King! Staff Member Moderator

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    [Mar 12, 2013]
    Question for you DIY guru's, as I'm stupid.

    What's the best filler to use on wood? I need to need to fill three holes left from metal door hinges - I say holes, they are more like cutouts - then I will paint over.

    Thanks.
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    [Mar 12, 2013]
    Cut some pieces of wood just under the length/width you want and glue/pin them in then fill round the gaps.
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    agreed... that way you can match the depth of the cut out to have a plush fit. You have a number of options... you can either sand the piece around all sides to get as good fit as you can or you can just slap a piece in and rely heavily on the filler to take over.

    I would say... sand the piece... get a good fit... and in any gaps, you could use a filler like Ronseal Woodfiller or make your own. Ronseal have a decent range to match various colours but always check the tubes as sometimes, people take the caps off and the filler is seized solid (give the tube a squeeze and that way you know it is fine).

    Making your own filler is easy too... all you need is a wood glue of your choice and saw dust. Saw dust is free... the panel cutter at your local DIY store will have loads in the panel saw dust collection bag or you may already have some on a work bench. If you use the saw dust from sanding/filing your the insert wood then you can also achieve a colour match that way. This may not be an issue if you are going to paint over it anyway but if you were using a darker wood for your home made filler then obviously you would need to paint over it to blot out the colour.

    Making your own: Make Your Own Wood Putty - Wood Filler

    Love DIY. Carpentry is in my blood so if you need any more advice feel free to PM.
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    [Mar 13, 2013]
    Cheers guys, and there's me thinking of using filler for the whole gap!, pieces of wood first sounds good to me. :)
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    s3clarke Money grabbing s3!

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    Ive got a hole in my **** door from a erm... well my fist haha!
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    I've got an old door that I bought to match the rest, it's a six-panel one which some retard fitted a modern handle to instead of the nicer original one. Anyway the dude at the reclamation yard recommended something like a small piece of broom handle in the circular hole and then sand down, but I've not tried it yet. It's currently a peep-hole to check up on the wife :eyebrows:
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    Not a glory hole then???
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    It's too big for that, i'm only thin...
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    i know the feeling.Been 'exercising' it for years.
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    wont let me reply by pm!!
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    That's because I was banned temporarily :( you should be able to reply now...although I suspect the moment has gone haha.
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    [Mar 25, 2013]
    Do these all day long not as easy as it seems to cut a piece of wood 3mm thick (size of a standard 4" butt hinge). over size your timber just slightly as without proper tools trying to get a piece of timber to 3mm is going to end up bloody! When you have a piece pinned (sink the pins to the depth required) then use a small block plane to skim the top off until perfectly flush then just fill with some decent two pack filler. Either this or a **** load of hand sanding, done right it should only take 5 minutes each one, becarefull using your sharp tools wear gloves
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