I recently built part of an entertainment center out of cherry wood. I was so edgy about getting started on the finish I devoted hours trying to do sample stains and top coats. I mean this is what I jokingly referred to as my "Magnum Opus", the most ambitious furniture project I have ever attempted.
And now, I have some problems that are way beyond my field of expertise and the expertise of the locals in this small town of Loma Rica California.
I used some filler on a couple of corners of the top because of some imperfections caused by my glue setting up so fast in 100 degree heat I could not get to them fast enough to make them match the way I had set them up. So it was a little touch up, and it was a high quality filler that said "Stainable". Well, the stain did not penetrate the filler. It looks like someone filled the edges with toothpaste. Now I need to probably sand all the topcoat off and sand down the filler, hopefully without disfiguring the area. I am at a loss. I think everyone who has ever worked with their hands can tell of circumstances where the more you tinker the more you mess it up. If someone can help me with a decent method of attacking this problem, I would be eternally grateful. Wouldn't you know, my attempt at a very fine piece of furniture is turning sour.