|Forum topic by Eric||posted 02-09-2008 02:40 PM||2266 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
02-09-2008 02:40 PM
I’m working on a box for my wife (probably won’t be in time for V-Day). The wood I’m using is Malaysian kempas wood. Here’s a picture of a dovetail template I just made with it (with a few coats of BLO):
For my wife’s box, I plan on finishing it with a BLO/varnish/mineral spirits blend. But I’ve read that varnishes don’t go on nice and even on open-grained woods unless you fill in the grain first. The article I read suggests sanding immediately after the first coat to create a slurry which will fill the grain.
My question is: does this kempas look like the kind of wood that wood need that treatment? I’m not a wood expert but it does seem to match the description of open-grained wood.
-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com