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The putty does not harden or dry. It is intended for use one a finished piece for filling nail holes, and usually color matched (if you use your imagination) The filler will dry and harden but doesn't take a stain. I use artists pencils to match the color as close as possible on the rare occasion that I have to nail something together and hide the results.
Putty as you now know is kinda like window glazing and takes a very long time to dry. Putty also comes in most stain colors. The painter that just finished up the job we just finished had 10 or 12 different colors and would pick the one that best matched the wood around each nail.
Wood filler you put on and sand before you stain. Don't believe them it does not take stain like the wood. It will stick out like a sore thumb when stained.
It could be worse You could be on fire.
I highly recomend the Famowood Wood Filler I would use no other. I only use the solvent-base product. It hardens in just a few min.
"Its only by minute attention to every detail that you will achieve perfection"
"There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward
I used a mixture of sanding dust and regular glue. Color matches pretty good and hardens up pretty nicely..
Famowood or Timbermate are my go to fillers.
So mote it be,