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Posted on Your favorite finish for East Indian Rosewood?

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#1 posted 06-09-2010 02:06 AM


I don’t think the pores will disapppear with sanding. Shellac will seal it, but the pores will prevail. Pore fillers tend to add coloration which may not be what you want. What I’ve done (not on rosewood, though) is use plaster of paris. Wet the surface-don’t soak it- to raise the grain, let it dry and sand lightly to remove the fuzz, then mix plaster of paris and apply with a squeggee across the grain. Wipe off the excess, again across the grain, let dry and fine sand. Hit it with shellac and the plaster-of-paris turns translucent. That’s how it worked for me on white oak and walnut, anyway. That technique comes from Jeff Jewitt. At any rate, if you try it, try it on scrap. As I’ve seen someone say somewhere, “Try your finish on scrap, or be prepared to scrap your finish.”


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