Recommendation for stainable wood filler

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Question Recommendation for stainable wood filler

I'm building some shelves out of oak plywood and am going to stain it with a dark walnut finish. Will have some screw holes and seams that need to be filled and sanded prior to staining. Any recommendations for a wood filler that would work well with staining?
 
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Minwax makes good filler, but you will need to get a darker filler since you will be staining it really dark. The lighter fillers just don't accept stain and will leave it looking odd.
 
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You will be better off touching up thespots with a furniture marker because there really is no wood filler that will "take stain" like wood does. Screws probably should have been countersunk and plugged.
 
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Cool, thanks for the recommendation.
 
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I hate to try and stain over wood filler! I normally stain, apply the 1st coat of varnish/poly and then use colored putty to fill the nail holes and cracks before sanding and moving on to the next coat of poly. Screws have a bigger head but if you carefully color match the putty it should look ok. Countersinking and wood plug is best! I like to have 2-3 different jars of colored putty so I can intermix/tweak the color as needed.
 
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