I have a problem with some mahogany panelling I’ve been building. I’ve milled the frames from solid mahogany and fixed them in place with finishing nails that I’ve punched below the surface. I pre-stained the mahogany with an aniline dye.
I then filled the nail holes with “Famowood Wood Filler” – a water-based stainable paste filler. I smeared this on, rather like using spackling, and then wiped off the surplus. Unfortunately this left some residue in the pores of the wood surrounding the nail hole. This residue became much more obvious when I started to apply poly to the wood.
I’m at a loss as to how to rectify this situation. The small nail holes are now large blotches that I can’t sand out without sanding deeply into the dyed wood. Although the filler is supposed to be stainable, it’s not as receptive as that claim suggests. What can I do?