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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 07-22-2011 02:23 AM

I sand to 220 and apply a thin coat of dewaxed shellac. I then color a silica based pore filler using oil paints to the color of the wood, apply the pore filler to the mahogany with a plastic spatula, working it into the pores. Let it dry for about an hour, and wipe it off with a cotton rag, across the grain. Sand that gently, and apply a couple of coats of matte wipe on polyurethane, sanding in between each layer, the last few layers I sand at higher grits.

Pain in the tuchus, but ends up with a nice smooth finish that looks like mahogany, but doesn’t have the open grain problems.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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