When filling some nail holes with putty, I sometimes smear the putty around without
too much thought. This can cause problems if the putty is lighter than the wood
around it, which results in large ugly blotches (instead of tiny nail-sized spots).
Fortunately, I found a better way to fill the holes with less mess.
Before even picking up the hammer and nails, first I applied a strip of masking
tape. Then I nailed and set the heads like I normally would.
Finally, force the putty into the holes and remove the tape. The small bump
of putty that remains can be easily sanded away.
Have a nice weekend,
Online Editor, Woodsmith
Start by appling a piece of masking tape and then nail right through it.
After the heads are filled with putty, the tape can be removed.