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#1 posted 07-28-2010 08:14 PM

Thanks, fussy and a1Jim. fussy, when you say you would use de-waxed shellac instead, I guess I need to know instead of what – the oil based poly or the water based poly? I’ve read on other posts here on LJs that de-waxed shellac should be used underneath a coat of oil based poly to help prevent problems down the road, but my process involves a “middle” layer of water based poly, and that’s what I’m concerned about. The first coat I lay using the oil based poly is intended to give the wood the color I ultimately want for the piece, and the second coat using water based is intended to seal the ends and open grain so the next four coats don’t soak in so much. a1Jim, I’ve tried sanding this wood down to more than 600 grit, but because I’m using slabs cut right off the ends of juniper logs, the grain still absorbs the oil based poly to the point I’d need to give it so many coats it just wouldn’t be worth the effort. Anyway, thanks again for the input. Any more ideas would be welcome, too.

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