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Forum topic by jjwoodshop posted 01-21-2011 08:47 PM 1894 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2011 08:47 PM

Hello forum! I recently completed a salad set. The project can be seen here:

As stated in the project summary, I am very pleased with the way they turned out.

The issue is post finish. I finished them over the last three nights with General Finishes Butcher Block Oi.

Here’s is my only frustration, and perhaps ya’ll can shed some light on this subject….

After three days of coating liberally and allowing to soak in the oil, last night I went to rinse these off with warm water and dish soap to put them away. When I did, the water raised the “hairs” of the wood. Before going under the faucet, the pieces were smooth as can be. After I rinsed and dried them my wife picked them up and said “now they are rough”.

So what gives? I did sand (by hand) up to 600 grit. Did I close the pores?? I also did not sand at 320 between coats of oil.

Any tips would be great!

Thank you!

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 08:52 PM

since you are using oil as your finish there is no film on top of the wood, so you still have bare wood it’s just that it’s soaked in oil. water will raise the grain on it. just wipe it with a moist towel to raise the grain, and sand it one last time to cut those down. then apply the oil finish.

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 11:03 PM

How long did you leave the first coat to dry? Some times if its very cold the first coat can take days to dry, if you coat to soon the second coat just soaks in. You then need to leave several days. Also some oils never skin over and what purplev says will hapen (never used butcher block oil so I dont know what the base oil thats used.)

I would Leave it for a week, and resand to 600 or 1000 grit and apply 2-3 thin coats, allowing to dry for 24 hours in between, in a warm place.

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 11:47 PM

Basically this is perfectly normal. General Finishes Butcher Block oil is simply mineral oil with a little vitamin E thrown in. Mineral oil will never cure and will remain an oil, basically forever. Mineral oil simply soaks into the wood and adds no surface protection. Water will raise the grain when it comes in contact with the surface of the wood, as Sharon stated.

Now that your wife has raised the grain on the board just re-sand the board to the last grit that you originally finished it with and you should not have to repeat this.

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