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Lumberpunk

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06-24-2015 12:40 AM

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Hi All, I am currently finishing a 24”x48” spalted maple slab for a coffee table using General Arm-R-Seal Semi Gloss and I am getting very high absorption on several places on the slab. I laid on 5 coats of finish and sanded it back to wood as suggested in this article:

http://www.antiquerestorers.com/Articles/SAL/filpore.htm

However I am still getting a very uneven surface and would like to figure out something a little more effective and quick. At the moment I am considering sanding it back (again) and hitting it with a coat of dewaxed shellac before the next coat of arm-r-seal or getting some CA glue but I am wondering if there are any other good options out there I should know about?

Thanks

Luke

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.


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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 06-24-2015 01:38 AM

Dewaxed shellac does a great job at filling/sealing soft absorbent wood, I use a few coats of 1# amber on cottonwood and similar woods before moving on to waterlox or poly.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Lumberpunk

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#2 posted 06-24-2015 02:29 AM

Thanks! I have been looking at some other clear pore fillers but living in the boonies shellac is probably the best I can do on short notice.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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WoodNSawdust

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#3 posted 06-24-2015 02:34 AM

Just about any finish can be used to fill pores. You can even buy pore fillers. In every case you keep applying coats and then sanding off till the pores are full. Then you can apply the top coat(s).

Amber shellac will change the color. If you want to use shellac then blonde or super blonde shellac would be a good choice and will not change the color.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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