Today I spent some time trying to smooth out the knotholes in my bookshelf wood. I bought this wood from a man on Craigslist. He had gotten tons of wood from a friend who was taking out shelving from the basement of a hardware store. This wood was probably originally used in the '50s. I got it for a good price. Unfortunately, I stored the wood in the garage over the summer and when I brought it in to my woodworking class it had warped pretty badly. But this was the wood I had and I needed to make it work. I cut each board between two to three times along the length wherever it was not straight, and then re-glued all of the pieces together again after planing the edges. In order to make the shelves smooth enough to look good I really needed to deal with the many knotholes, so I bought Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty.
|I feel like people should buy this product just for the man on the packaging.|
I chose this based upon a recommendation from the paint guy at Home Depot. It is a powder that you need to mix with water. I poured the powder into a cheese bucket from Judi:
Then I poured in water a little at a time and stirred it up with a plastic fork:
The consistency seemed ok, so I got to work. This is how the knotholes looked before putty:
And this is how they looked after:
It took about forty-five minutes to make the putty and fill in the holes on the top of all my boards.
Hopefully tomorrow I will have enough time to sand these down and fill the holes on the bottom sides. Or the kids and I may just make a cake instead; I've got a pretty big craving for cake. We'll see!
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