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#1 posted 07-29-2010 01:28 AM


If I understand you correctly, you’re using the end grain of the slab as the face of your piece. Is that right? The first coat of oil-based poly will add a warm, slightly yellowish colour to the wood, but I’m not sure of the rationale for using water-based poly over the oil and before more oil-base. If the wood is darkening too much due to too much absorbtion of oil, I’d give it 1 or 2 coats of shellac, sanding lightly between all coats, and then build up the finish until I’m happy. Shellac is compatible with nearly any finishing scheme and is predictable. I’ve not been happy with water-based poly’s as they’ve all given me fits of one kind or another, but if you’re happy using what you are using, I wouldn’t change. What are you building?

I still can’t figure out the problem, because a good coat of poly should swL END GRAIN so that color differences shouldn’t be a problem. Ae you using wipe-on or brush-on?

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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