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Forum topic by craig posted 03-06-2007 01:17 AM 1680 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2007 01:17 AM

I’ve been working on a project to re-finish my oak dinning room table. I’m nearly ready to start finishing and would like some advise.
After nearly 20 years of applying natural wax finish to this table, I want something a bit more maintenance free. What really drove me nuts was that the table leaves never really matched. I had to make sure leaf #1 was sitting next to #2 and then #3. Even then they were not aligned, as I would have liked. I told my wife I could make that…., but I digress.
My question is about grain fillers. I want to use a clear grain filler so that I can get that smooth finish, but I don’t want the grain to disappear or a finish that looks deep enough to be an aquarium. I plan on using Behlen’s Rockhard varnish
I’ve seen that CrystaLac woodgrain filler is getting good reviews. Has anyone used this? Any other options or ideas?

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#1 posted 03-08-2007 07:26 PM

I do not have experience with grain fillers, but maybe Dusty does. His 12 step mission finish is one to behold.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 03-10-2007 02:03 PM

Hi Craig:

Behlen’s Rockard Varnish is it’s own grain filler when built up in layers.
Try sanding the initial layers done to ultra-fine grits (think automotive sanding supplies).
Then build the final coats on top of the leveled base layers.
Don’t forget to start with a well parepared wood surface.
I generally don’t take oak beyond 180 grit, so the grain shows.
A little counter stain may pop grain, if that’s what you want.
Consider using Zinsser SealCoat shellac for the first sealing coat.

Add to the above my secret ingredient – elbow grease. :)

-- 温故知新

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