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Forum topic by JerryLH posted 11-26-2016 01:24 AM 828 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2016 01:24 AM

I’m about ready to apply the finish a sapele table. I would greatly appreciate suggestions for a wood/grain filler for sapele. I always appreciate your feedback.

Regards, Jerry

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok


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#1 posted 11-26-2016 03:48 AM

If you know what finish you are using, finish an unfilled piece, mix up some cornstarch with Saman water based stain to match colour, and do a test and apply the finish. Got that tip from an old german cabinetmaker architect

Eric in Calgary

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#2 posted 11-26-2016 03:08 PM

Thanks for the feedback Eric – I appreciate you sharing your knowledge.

Regards, Jerry

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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#3 posted 11-27-2016 03:05 AM

Trimbermate, Brazilian Cherry works very well on Sappelle, followed by numerous coats of Arm-a-seal.
I posted a few projects if you wish to review

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#4 posted 11-27-2016 03:19 AM

Crystallac is a grain filler sold by Rockler it fills and dries clear so you can finish it natural or stain any color you wish. Also you can use any finish over it.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 11-27-2016 03:22 PM

Thank you DMC & Tom. Man, both of you have some beautiful projects. Tom or DMC – are there particular projects that speak to the finish? Thanks muchly for the feedback.

Regards, Jerry

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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#6 posted 11-28-2016 04:14 AM

I used the Trimbermate as a filler on a TV credenza made of sappelle and a large dining room table made of bubgina, Arm-a-Seal was used as the topcoat’s

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#7 posted 11-28-2016 02:27 PM



I used the Trimbermate as a filler on a TV credenza made of sappelle and a large dining room table made of bubgina, Arm-a-Seal was used as the topcoat s

- DMC1903

Thanks again – I appreciate it.

Regards, Jerry

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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Planeman40

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#8 posted 11-29-2016 03:08 PM

”mix up some cornstarch with Saman water based stain to match colour”

This sounds very much like the filler I watched on YouTube bring used by the Russian wood turners who make the nested “babushka” dolls. They made a fine slurry of cooked and mashed potatoes and applied it all over the turned dolls as a grain filler. Having washed dried and hard mashed potatoes off kitchenware, it seemed to me to be a workable solution. I am threatening to try it. Has anyone out there done this?

Planeman

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#9 posted 12-28-2016 03:02 AM

Might I suggest wet sanding with some BLO? Although I’m pretty sure lots of luthiers do a skim coat with epoxy on really open grained woods.

-- Dave O.

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JerryLH

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#10 posted 12-28-2016 03:29 PM

Might I suggest wet sanding with some BLO? Although I m pretty sure lots of luthiers do a skim coat with epoxy on really open grained woods.

- DavidOveracre

Thanks to all for the feedback. Almost finished with the table. Regards, Jerry

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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#11 posted 12-30-2016 07:49 AM

what a beautiful drafting table. Any idea of provenance?

Eric in Calgary

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#12 posted 12-30-2016 12:00 PM

Not sure if this will help, especially since I am not in the US to know what products are available, but I wrote a blog post a few years ago that included a few things I learned about grain filler.

A couple of people have mentioned Timbermate, which is a product that I do know because it is Australian made. I found a video about using it as a grain filler. There is also a video about matching colours, which might be useful.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#13 posted 12-30-2016 06:54 PM


what a beautiful drafting table. Any idea of provenance?

Eric in Calgary

- realcowtown_eric

Provenance – Well, I expect to have it completed in a week or so – on the other hand, when I started on it back in the beginning of October I didn’t really think I’d still be working on it – (two days before 2017). That’s pretty much the history – short all the building details which I have learned so much from (and enjoyed building so much). To be honest I fairly proud of the joinery detail. There’s no metal fasteners – its all mortise and tenon combined with wedged dowels. Its made fro sapele with hickory accents and hinges. I took many pics thru out the build.

Regards, Jerry

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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