How to fill gaps in woodworking joints

Date:13 December 2016 Tags:, , , ,

When your woodworking joints aren’t perfectly aligned, there’s a way to fill the gaps that will make them unnoticeable.

By Timothy Dahl

Wood joinery can be an enjoyable, yet maddening pursuit. The ideal woodworking joints should come together firmly and not wiggle or be loose. But even if you’ve achieved the goal of a solid union, your wood joint can still have cosmetic issues, most notably gaps.

If the gaps aren’t too big, you can use the glue and sawdust method to fill them in. This is a quick and easy solution that no one will ever notice. First fill the gap with a small amount of wood glue, then rub sawdust into the gap. The key here is to make sure the sawdust is from the wood project you are currently working on so the color matches.

After the sawdust is rubbed in, use fine grade sandpaper to finish off the repair. YouTuber Matthias Wandel shows us the process in action:

Once stain and sealant is applied to the wood project, you’ll have a tough time seeing any joinery blemishes at all. Although the goal is to build seamless joints with zero tolerances, this tip will help improve your finished projects as you are learning.

Image and video credit: Matthias Wandel

 

 

This article was originally written for and published by Popular Mechanics USA.