How to Fill Holes With Wood Putty


Wood putty is used to fill in imperfections in woodwork. It can be used on paneling, floors, furniture and a variety of other wood surfaces. Wood putty is perfect for filling in nail holes or fixing gashes in wood and is available in several colors. You can buy wood putty inexpensively at most home improvement stores. Applying wood putty to holes is a convenient alternative to more in-depth repair methods.

Step 1

Clean the area around the holes you are working on. Use a damp rag to wipe away any dirt, grease or other debris.

Step 2

Scoop the wood putty from the container using a 1-inch blade, flexible putty knife. The amount of wood putty you scoop out will depend on the size of the hole you are filling. You can always add more if necessary.

Step 3

Force the wood putty into the hole by holding the putty knife at a 30-degree angle and smoothing the putty over the hole. Be sure that the putty fills the hole completely.

Step 4

Make a pass over the hole with the putty knife, moving in the opposite direction you used to apply the putty. This will remove any excess wood putty from the hole and surface.

Step 5

Apply a second application of the wood putty for deeper holes. Allow the wood putty to dry completely after the first application prior to applying the second. Refer to the label on the product you are using for proper drying times.

Step 6

Use a sanding block to sand the wood putty smooth once it has dried. The color of the putty will usually become lighter once it has dried, but refer to the manufacturer's instructions for the drying time.

Things You'll Need

  • Damp rag
  • Flexible putty knife with 1-inch blade
  • Wood putty
  • Sanding block


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Who Can Help

  • Craftsman Style
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.

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