Marketed under names such as Plastic Wood and Duratise, wood dough is made by mixing sawdust and a ccllulosc acetate cement. It dries quickly, can be sanded and drilled, andean be softened by lacquer thinner. Don't forget this if you are working on a lacquered piece. The dough will soften a lacquer finish if in contact with it for very long. Also, don't apply the thinner for these formulations to the surfacc of a patch on a lacquer surfacc. You will mess up the finish.
Wood dough comes in a variety of colors, and most of the brands can be stained after they have dried. It is handy stuff for filling old screw holes, building up small sections of corners which have broken off, filling deep dents, and repairing carvings on furniture. After a little practice, you become familiar with its characteristics and can use it effectively.
How to Use It As it dries, wood dough shrinks. If you fill a deep dent ('A-to '/z-inch) with it, the dough will shrink during drying and leave a depression. For deep dents, apply two or three layers, allowing each to dry before putting on the next one. Always apply a little extra in the last application, so that the top is slightly rounded. Some of this will shrink. The rest is sanded down once the dough has dried.
Some of the wood doughs cannot be spread very thin or feathered at the edges of a patch. Others are creamy mixtures and will feather very well. Those that don't feather are better for filling holes; those that do feather can be used in shallow surface dents.
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