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5 minute epoxy is clear and is perfect for this application. i use it quite often in my work.

I learned the technique from Sam Maloof several years ago before he passed away. It is a variation on the time honored technique of mixing varnish with sawdust. In his opinion, 5 minute epoxy was fast and the filler stayed put.

For those unfamiliar with Sam's work, he is considered one of the 20th century's foremost furniture designers with pieces in the White House and every major museum's collection. It was an honor to pick up this tip from the master.

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If I was going to coat my teak with varnish I'd be inclined (naturally) to mix the sawdust with varnish. I'm going to try Semco Teak Sealer this year as the instructions say you only need to wash with soap & water each spring to prep for the next coat.

My goal is more about durability than anything else. No disrespect to anyone elses opinions, thoughts or suggestions (I value them all) - but color isn't (within reason) an issue here only because it's such a small repair . . . I'm most probably the only one who will ever see it.

Really like the making your own custom size plugs/bungs idea! I recently purchased a box of 100 1/2" teak bungs . . . I'm going to try rolling one back-and-forth under my Porter-Cable Speed Bloc sander.

It's always an honor to learn from the masters. Similar to sailing - boat maintenance (if you're paying attention ) can also be a life long learning experience!

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