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🔨 Homemade Wood Filler Recipe

Learn how to make homemade wood filler using sawdust and wood glue. Perfect for filling gaps and holes in furniture. Get the step-by-step instructions on Route 66 West.

Homemade Wood Filler

You will need:

  • sawdustSawdust
  • wood glueWood Glue


  1. Collect the sawdust from your sanding process. Ensure it's fine and clean.
  2. In a small container, mix equal parts of sawdust and wood glue.
  3. Stir the mixture until it forms a paste-like consistency.
  4. Apply the homemade wood filler to the gaps or holes in your furniture using a putty knife or a small spatula.
  5. Allow the filler to dry completely. This may take several hours or overnight, depending on the size of the gap or hole.
  6. Once dried, sand down the filled area until it is smooth and flush with the rest of the furniture surface.


Ensure the sawdust you are using is from the same type of wood as your furniture to maintain consistency in color and texture. Additionally, remember to work in a well-ventilated area when using wood glue.

Antique furniture has a charm and character that's hard to replicate. However, time can take its toll, leaving behind small gaps or holes that can mar the beauty of your cherished pieces. At Route 66 West, we believe in preserving the past, and that includes helping you restore your antique furniture to its former glory.

Our homemade wood filler recipe is a simple yet effective solution to repair your wooden furniture. It utilizes materials that are easily available, namely sawdust and wood glue. This DIY approach not only saves you money but also ensures that the filler matches the furniture's wood type, maintaining its original look and feel.

Why Use Homemade Wood Filler?

Commercial wood fillers often come in a limited range of colors, making it a challenge to find the perfect match for your furniture. By using sawdust from the same type of wood, our homemade wood filler ensures a seamless blend with the existing wood surface. Furthermore, this eco-friendly solution allows you to make use of the sawdust that would otherwise be discarded.

The Art of Restoration

Restoring antique furniture is not just about fixing physical damages. It's about preserving the story and the history that the piece carries. When you fill in a gap or a hole with our homemade wood filler, you're not just repairing; you're breathing new life into a piece of history.

Remember, patience is key in this process. The wood filler needs time to dry completely before you can sand it down for a smooth finish.

Stay Safe

While engaging in this restoration process, your safety is paramount. Ensure you're working in a well-ventilated area when using wood glue. And always remember, the journey of restoration is just as important as the end result.

At Route 66 West, we're not just about selling antiques; we're about celebrating the past. We hope this homemade wood filler recipe helps you in your journey of preserving history.