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Forum topic by sgtq posted 02-03-2011 05:25 AM 1095 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2011 05:25 AM

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can someone tell me how to raise the grain on wood before finishing, I have heard use water but I wasnt told how. I would appreciate any help.

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#1 posted 02-03-2011 05:31 AM

Just raid the wife’s cleaning supplies and clean out a spray bottle (really good) and then wet the surface. There is no need to saturate it. You are only looking for the top fibers that have been compressed by the planer/ sander. Allow to dry and then lightly sand it with 220 grit. Noth’n to it. Hope that helps.

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 05:32 AM

Damp rag or sponge will do it. Wring it out first and rub it with about the same consistancy you wold use wiping down a countertop with a sponge. You dont have to wait long to stain. Jb

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 02:37 AM

Normal way: See above two posts.

Combat Engineer way: Completly dunk the project in the bathtub. Drain the water and use a blow torch to boil the water off. Sand with sandblaster.


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#4 posted 02-04-2011 03:58 AM

Lol I was think linear charges to really raise the grain :)

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 04:07 AM

You guys are funny! (Above 2 posts)

Spray bottle or sponge or anything similar will work fine, just to lightly dampen the piece. Then let it dry and lightly sand with 220 or 320, just enough to smooth it out again.

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