how to use wood filler on furniture?

Wood filler is a fairly common tool for home repair, but it can be tricky at first. You’re not only working with wood putty or wood filler (or both) but also different types of wood and different colors.

This article will help you understand how to fill holes in furniture so that your DIY project looks great!

How do you apply wood filler to wood?

To apply the wood filler, use a putty knife to spread it out on the surface of your furniture. Once it’s applied and dry, use a putty knife to smooth out any bumps or ridges that may have formed in the wood filler during application.

This will ensure that your surface is level and smooth when you’re finished with this step of the process.

Finally, you should use a putty knife to remove excess wood filler from any areas that are too thickly covered by the material—it will help prevent these areas from showing through once they’ve been sanded down later on in this project.

How do you smooth wood filler?

Once the wood filler has dried, you can use a putty knife or other flat tool to smooth it out and remove any excess.

You’ll notice that when the filler dries, it becomes slightly more crumbly and less sticky than when it’s wet.

This makes smoothing easier: if you’re having trouble getting rid of all of your excess filler without leaving any lumps behind, just wait until everything is completely dry before continuing.

Once you’ve smoothed out all the wrinkles on your surface, take a clean rag and wipe away any excess filler with water on it (try not to get too much water on the surface).

This gets rid of any extra dust that might have been stuck in there from sanding or rinsing off dryer sheets earlier; if there was too much moisture left on at this point after drying overnight, some people also say that letting their piece sit for another 24 hours can help prevent cracking later during painting or finishing work due to over-drying after being coated with primer/polyurethane instead.”

Do you need to prime wood filler before painting?

As a general rule, you don’t need to prime wood filler before painting. The paint will stick well to the filler material, and priming it would only slow down the drying time.

If you do choose to prime the wood filler, however, it will make sanding easier because it fills in any unevenness in your surface. Priming can also help hide some of the colors of your wood filler so that it doesn’t show through on top of your paint.

However! If you are using an opaque paint that matches very closely with the original finish on your piece (for example, if you’re repainting a piece of antique furniture), then there’s no reason not to prime first—you might as well get an even application right away!

How deep can you use wood filler?

As you know, wood filler is a great way to cover small holes and cracks. But what if the damage is bigger than that? Can you still use wood filler on furniture? Absolutely!

A filler can be used to repair large holes and gouges in your furniture pieces.

The size of the crack or hole is important when applying wood filler. If it’s less than half the depth of your piece, you’ll want it filled with a thick layer of filler before sanding down for a smooth finish.

This can be done by using an oversized putty knife (or even better yet: 1/4-inch dowel) and working from just below the surface down into the crack or hole until it’s filled up all around it. You should also avoid trying to fill deep cracks with putty; instead, try using epoxy glue like Gorilla Glue Epoxy Resin & Glue Kit.

Do you use wood filler before or after sanding?

Before. Sanding is the last step in the process of filling in a crack, so it makes sense to apply filler first.

Filler dries much faster than sandpaper, so if you get carried away and remove too much of your furniture’s surface (or if you accidentally sand through your project), have some more available to cover up that mistake and let it dry again.

How long does wood filler take to dry?

The amount of time it takes for wood filler to dry depends on the type of wood filler you’re using, as well as its thickness.

  • Wood putty (a softer paste) can take around one hour to dry completely, but if the room temperature is warm, the drying time may be shortened by 20 minutes or so.
  • Wood filler that comes in a hard consistency with no elasticity, such as epoxy or polyester-based fillers, will take about 2 hours to dry completely before you can sand it down.
  • The material used in your region may also affect drying time: for example, if you live at a high altitude and use an oil-based product like linseed oil-based wood filler (which is common), the product will take longer than usual to cure due to lower air pressure.

What’s the difference between wood putty and wood filler?

You may be wondering: what’s the difference between putty and filler? Putty is typically used to fill gaps, while the filler is intended for larger holes or voids in wood.

Filler is also much thicker than putty, which makes it more expensive but also more effective at filling holes in wood.

How long does filler take to dry before sanding?

The good news is that wood filler takes about 24 hours to dry, which means you don’t have to wait long before sanding. However, it’s a good idea to wait at least 24 hours before sanding the filler.

The longer you wait, the more time there will be for any excess moisture in your wood to evaporate and for the bond between your filler and the wood to strengthen even more.

After waiting 24 hours from when you apply your first coat of wood glue/filler mix on top of your scratch or hole, begin sanding down all sides of each section (with 100 grit sandpaper) until they feel smooth again.


As you can see, wood filler is a versatile product that can be used on a wide range of surfaces. It’s easy to apply and simple to use, so there’s no reason not to give it a try!

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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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