how to make wood filler out of sawdust?

If you’ve ever had to drill a hole in wood, only to discover that the project is more difficult than anticipated, you know how frustrating these situations can be.

It’s not uncommon for one of these “oops” moments to land you in the store searching for wood filler—but what if we told you that there’s actually an easier solution?

That’s right: Using sawdust as a wood filler is not only easier on your wallet, but also quicker than using premade products. Here are five ways to use sawdust as an alternative to traditional fillers:

Can I make wood filler from sawdust?

If you are looking to create a new and unique type of wood filler, one that is cheap and easy to get, look no further. Sawdust is the perfect material for this project because it’s easily accessible, cheap, and light.

You can make your own sawdust at home by simply taking the shavings from your saw or even just by turning up the power on your table saw.

But why would you want to use sawdust when there are so many other options out there? Well, as mentioned before it’s very inexpensive and easy to acquire.

It mixes well with glue which makes it easier for you when apply it to your project. And once hardened by heat drying or curing in an oven (depending on the type of glue), sanding becomes much easier than using another kind of filler such as fiberglass cloth or fiberglass matting because these materials tend not only to be more expensive but also harder to work with due mainly due their rigidity which makes them difficult work through different thicknesses when trying sanding them down into smaller pieces first before applying later onto whatever surface being worked upon like wood surfaces during repair projects where holes need patching up quickly without having to spend too much time getting everything ready beforehand.

How do you make homemade wood filler?

To make wood filler, you’ll need three ingredients: sawdust, glue, and water. If you’re looking for a more sturdy version of this homemade wood filler, you can try adding flour or even cornmeal to the mix.

Mix all three ingredients together until they form a thick paste that’s enough to fill in any small holes in your wood projects.

How do you use sawdust as a filler?

Sawdust is a great filler for various types of woodworking projects. If you’re wondering how to use sawdust as a filler, we’ve got the answers.

  • Sawdust can be used to fill holes in wood, such as when repairing furniture or creating new pieces of art.
  • Sawdust can also be used as a gap filler, especially if the gap is between two pieces of different-colored lumber or other materials that don’t line up perfectly.
  • Lastly, sawdust can fill cracks in your piece of furniture so it looks seamless and smooth again!

How do you make wood filler out of sawdust and glue?

Now that you know how to make wood filler out of sawdust and glue, let’s talk about how to use it. First, mix your sawdust (1 part), glue (2 parts), and water (3 parts).

Mix until it’s the consistency of peanut butter—this shouldn’t take long at all.

Once the mixture is properly blended, apply it with a putty knife or similar tool over the damaged area. Let dry completely before sanding down any rough spots with 240-grit sandpaper and finishing off with 320-grit paper to give it an even finish.

What can be used in place of wood filler?

If you don’t have wood putty on hand, or if you don’t like the idea of mixing your own filler, there are some alternative options.

You can use a paste wax instead of wood filler. It’s great for filling small cracks and crevices in wooden furniture such as dressers, tables, and chairs.

To apply it properly:

  • Open the lid of your container of wax and dip a piece of cotton into it to pick up some product on one end.
  • Rub this end against a cloth until the cloth becomes covered with an even layer that feels smooth when touched with your fingers (this will take about 20 seconds).
  • Apply this wax to any areas where you want to fill in a small crack or hole by rubbing it over these areas with steady pressure until they are filled as much as possible without making too much mess around them.

How do you make wood grain filler?

There are several ways to make wood grain filler. The first is to use a wood graining brush, which is a brush with rows of densely packed bristles that gently smooth out the surface of the patch, giving it an authentic look.

Another way to create faux-wood filler is by using a wood graining pad, which has a sponge-like texture on one side and gives a more textured look than the brush method.

A third option for creating faux-wood filler is by using a sponge—either with or without a handle—and lightly dabbing it into the sawdust until you have enough material on your fingers for application.

How long does homemade wood filler take to dry?

How long it takes for your wood filler to dry depends, of course, on how much glue you use. All glues will dry over time but there are some significant differences in how fast different types of glue dry.

Wood filler made from sawdust and water-based glue (like contact cement) will take a few hours to harden enough to sand down and paint over.

In contrast, homemade wood filler made with oil-based glues like Polyurethane can take a few days or longer before it will be ready for sanding and painting.

How do you fill holes in wood without wood filler?

If you have a hole in your wood, there are several things that can be done to fill it. The first is using a wood putty, which is made from sawdust and glue. This type of filler can be used to fill holes in most types of wood but is not recommended for use on countertops or floors because it may stain the surface.

Another option is to use traditional wood filler made from sawdust and glue; this sort of filler will tend to shrink more as it dries than other kinds do.

Wood putty and fillers are stronger than regular glues on their own and will hold up better against moisture without cracking or shrinking over time as well as being less likely t get scratched off during everyday use (which means less work down the road!).


Hopefully, this article has given you a good idea of how to make wood filler out of sawdust. It’s not difficult and can save you money if you are planning on doing some woodworking projects.

If you have any questions about making filler or have tips for making it better, please share them in the comments below!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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