Inevitably, on my first mandolin, there are a couple of small spots that need slight fill in the wood. I plan to use stain and I don't want a spot that won't accept the stain. I also don't really want to use wood filler if I can find a better way.
My question is: should I go ahead and stain the body and neck, defects and all and then do some drop fill on top of the dents, sanding out later? Or is there some incredible formula for mixing wood dust with some ingredient that will take stain--sanding it out and staining afterwards?
I've used sawdust and super glue for fingerboard repairs, which worked fine, but I don't think that is going to work for wood that needs to take stain. If worse comes to worse, I have wood fillers, but what I am wondering is if there is a do-it-yourself type of match up technique using fibers of similar wood.
By the way, thatnks to everyone's help, #1 is coming along pretty well. I am thankful and grateful for the multitude of great suggestions. I'd be lost without you all!
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