I am building a set of low, free-standing floor shelves made with yellow heart (type of mahogany?) for a client. I'm new to furniture, and have run into tear-out in the tops, but have already installed them to the bases. I am using wood glue and wood dust (YH) mixed to fill seams and cracks. Will this also work with the tear out, or is there a better approach? I used oil-based Dura-Seal 500 Sanding Sealer and will use Dura-Seal 210 to finish.
(Furniture Making Forum)
From contributor R:
Glue and dust is an old carpenter's trick, but works best with liquid hide glue rather than yellow glue. The hide glue will absorb stains and finishes better than yellow.
You can tell which direction to scrape or plane with the grain by examining the tear out. One end of a chipped spot is usually pointed and smooth and the other end is squarer and looks broken. Plane from the broken end to the pointed end.
Depending on the circumstances and severity of the tearout, it can usually be repaired by feathering an area of the surface as opposed to an equal stock removal from the entire surface. However, if the piece is loose and fits your planer, sometimes the solution would be to run it through the planer with the grain oriented correctly.