I am making a secretary desk for my daughter and picked a beautiful piece of curly cherry. I took all the normal precautions when using the jointer but still got some very small tearout (more like pits) in a few places. I could sand the piece down until they are all gone but then the piece will be inset a little in the rails and stiles. Is there any way to make a filler that would fill them? I have used commercial filers in the past and don’t like the way they look after finishing.
I have read that a combination of glue and sawdust works, but am afraid that it wouldn’t take a finish well.