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01-21-2011 05:38 PM

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I hate end grain. What is your best way of sealing an end grain prior to applying a finish. I have some cedar that is sucking up finish like a sponge.

-- Ray


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#1 posted 01-21-2011 05:49 PM

Shellac.

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 06:04 PM

I’ve used sanding sealer on all types of woods. May take a few extra coats then the long grain but with a little sanding between them you should end up with a surface that’s as smooth as glass.

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 06:09 PM

+1 on shellac…and on cedar I’d make certain it’s a thick cut.

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 06:33 PM

+2 on shellac

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 06:43 PM

Shellac (dewaxed) is always a great choice because it’s compatible with anything you might want to put over the top of it.

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 07:26 PM

I bow down to the king—Woodwhisperer—and follow this advice.
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/how-to-finish-end-grain/

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#7 posted 01-21-2011 10:48 PM

I’e heard of mixing 50% water and 50% wood glue then brushing that on but have never tried it. Usually just more coats for finish.

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#8 posted 01-21-2011 11:30 PM

Raymond, here is another vote for shellac but you can sand the end grain to a higher grit (if you stop at 220 for instance sand the end grain to at least 320). Sanding to a higher grit inhibits the absorption of stain/finish.

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#9 posted 01-21-2011 11:37 PM

Scott brings up another option, although you might want to go 2-grits higher on the end grain, which would put the above example at 400-grit. Try 1-grit higher on a sample piece, and if that isn’t even enough between the two grains, then try the same experiment going 2-grits higher.

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#10 posted 01-22-2011 01:02 AM

Put Super Glue on the end grain.. It works for me…....just saturate, let it dry….good to go….

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#11 posted 01-22-2011 06:24 AM

If you are staining a piece and want to keep the end grain for going darker, dilute the finish by 75% with mineral spirits for the end grain application. Put a coat on, and if required, add another.

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#12 posted 01-24-2011 07:34 PM

Great tips thank everyone.

-- Ray

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#13 posted 01-24-2011 08:26 PM

Cedar is a sponge, lol. Anyway, I just toured a local high-end custom furniture outlet and they put three coats of finish on their end grains before any goes on the flat surfaces.

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