I am working on a makore crotch veneer panel for a passage door. After sanding to 120 (picture is before sanding), I have found a few small areas where the grain is torn beyond what I think I can sand out. If I fill the areas, will I ruin the look? If that is the best route to go, what should I fill with?
From contributor P:
So you are saying the defects are more like pulled grain or chips from the veneer, not cracks all the way through to the substrate? Many defects are common with highly figured veneer. I would not in any way try to sand them out, as that would risk a low spot or going through.
The cleanest solution would be to take tiny pieces of carefully cut veneer, and fit and glue them into the defect. Regular yellow glue can be too visible unless the fix is perfect. When I do this on darker veneers, I use West System epoxy and some super fine dust to bond in the filler piece. Invisible, and does not telegraph through the stain or finish.