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#1 posted 03-07-2012 06:42 PM

That’s a candidate for a hard wax oil if ever I’ve seen one. I absolutely agree with not encasing it in plastic. I tend to keep certain “blemishes” visible as I think they give character to a piece, but I’m an artist before a woodworker. I would carefully inject a thin, slow-setting epoxy into the deep areas and then paint a finishing epoxy onto the surrounding blemish, being careful not to get it on the slab suface to the greates degree possible. Finishing epoxy is essentially a very thin epoxy and takes about 20 minutes to set up. It flows and is brushable. You could completely fill that area and then sand it flush with the surface, but the hard wax oil won’t stick to the epoxy so you might get a shiny spot unless you dull the epoxy with a light sanding or buffing with a scotchbrite pad.

Hard wax oil is an extremely durable finish and if repairs are needed you can spot repair and it’ll blend in with the surrounding very well.

If it were me, I’d keep the blemish. :) But I also understand not everyone appreciates such things.

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