What is a Wood Filler? | Definition of a Wood Filler - Apex Granite Outlet

Wood filler is a product used in woodworking to fill gaps, cracks, holes, and other imperfections in wooden surfaces. It is made from a mixture of wood particles, binders, and water or solvents. The resulting paste is applied to the surface of the wood and then sanded down to create a smooth and even finish. Wood filler is commonly used in cabinetry and furniture making to fill gaps and holes left behind by screws, nails, and other fasteners.

There are two main types of wood filler: solvent-based and water-based. Solvent-based fillers are made from solvents such as lacquer or acetone and are typically stronger and more durable than water-based fillers. However, they can be more difficult to work with and emit strong fumes. Water-based fillers are easier to work with, have a lower odor, and are safer to use, but they may not be as strong or durable as solvent-based fillers.

Wood filler comes in a variety of colors to match the color of the wood being repaired. Some manufacturers offer custom color-matching services to ensure a seamless repair. Once the wood filler has been applied and sanded, it can be stained, painted, or finished just like the rest of the wood surface. When used properly, wood filler can provide a strong, durable, and visually appealing solution for repairing imperfections in wooden surfaces.