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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Placitas, NM in the foothills of the Sandia Mt

    Question How do you fix tearout?

    Somehow on every project I make, there's a little piece of tearout from the planer or handplane that I don't discover until the joinery is all done and I have a lot of time invested in the piece. Usually the tearout is a little more than can be sanded off, but not bad enough to fit in a plug or anything.

    So what do you do? Epoxy, CA? Do you add some sawdust to the glue? Famowood or some other filler? Is there a silver bullet I don't know about (hope, hope)?

  2. #2
    Steve Clardy Guest
    I use famowood usually.
    I used to use glue and sawdust, but if the mixture has too much glue, it will show up.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    My two favorites...

    Are hide glue and sanding dust, and glazier's putty and transtint or other coloring agent. The finisher who showed me the putty trick also used metalic paint from HD to get a kind of irredescent look that helps keep it from looking like this flat patched area in an oil finish. The putty works better for big dents than tear out.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Central NY State
    Steve and John, does that work with a clear finish?
    Jesse, I am really glad you asked this question. It happens to me all the time, it seems.

  5. #5
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    Dec 2006
    I rarely stain, so clear is kinda what I'm geared for. Hide glue doesn't seem to resist oil finish the way pva does, though I've never made a detailed study of it. Some experimentation is still in order.


  6. #6
    Steve Clardy Guest
    Dust and glue. Yes on clear finish.
    Have to mix it so it is so dry, it will barely stick.
    Too much pva and it shows

  7. #7
    I was just reading Teri Masaschi's new book on finishing

    "Foolproof Wood Finishing" for those who love to build and hate to finish

    FoxChapel Publishing

    On pg 39 she suggests using CA and sanding to repair tear out.

    I think this is a pretty good book, you might sneak a peek at it if you've got a Borders or Barnes&Nobel nearby.


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Austin, Texas
    I'm a PVA glue and sawdust person... sanding dust for the smaller sins, actual saw dust for the larger. If I am into the finishing stages, I mix the sanding dust with lacquer rather than glue.

    Hide glue is a good idea, but I keep forgetting to try it, since it is out of sight in the closet.
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
    (Retired early to become a custom furnituremaker)
    Lots of my free advice at

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Plesums View Post
    ...............................Hide glue is a good idea, but I keep forgetting to try it, since it is out of sight in the closet.
    Huh, in your case it is called "Hide" glue, as it is.................................. "hidden".................

    Ok, I'm easy to amuse

    I've used CA fairly well, but the thicker stuff, the gel like one, the thinner one was just a bother.

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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