|Forum topic by Gene Howe||posted 11-08-2010 06:18 PM||9523 views||5 times favorited||8 replies|
11-08-2010 06:18 PM
Lots of us work with open pored wood like red oak and need some sort of grain filler. I’v found a couple home brewed ones and one commercial product I like.
Here are two home brews I’ve used.
Use 400 grit wet/dry paper. Just wipe the piece with some oil and sand. The dust will fill the pores. Add oil, if it gets too dry. Any clear oil will work. I use Watco clear. BLO would work, too.
Or, coat the wood with Watco or BLO, then sprinkle on 4F pumice. It’ll take about a teaspoon per square foot. Rub it in using a cloth (lint free). Then, wipe across the grain to remove the excess. I use burlap for both methods. Also, I like to let both methods get a bit tacky before using the burlap.
I’ve also used a product called Timbermate, Recommended by Charles Neil. Amazon or Eagle America carries it.
All above will give you a real smooth finish. The pumice turns translucent, the wood dust, of course is already matched and Timbermate has several colors. Or, you can color it yourself.
-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton