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09-12-2011 05:27 PM

Anyone know of a little blue pill that will work on a walnut table top? I’m considering applying wet rot wood hardener to a project I’m making – to keep it dent free for a long time to come. Any suggestions? It’s going to get 3 coats of a/c lacquer to finish.

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 06:35 PM

Show it some racey pictures of exotic wood.

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 07:17 PM

Walnut and Oak, (of varying Species) have about the same hardness. I’ve used black walnut for cutting boards with no problem. If you have good dry walnut you shouldn’t have a problem with dents unless you are dropping an anvil on it.

Good Luck, YMMV


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#3 posted 09-12-2011 07:28 PM

you could use a harder finish just on the top like a low viscosity epoxy or balins rock hard table top varnish.

-- jesse

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#4 posted 09-12-2011 07:31 PM

What happens when you soak wood for a period in BLO? I honestly don’t know but I’ve soaked some very brittle wood in BLO and it seems to moisten and “harden” a bit.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 09-12-2011 08:39 PM

Grandpa taught me long ago that BLO (boiled linseed oil) can be used to harden wood. He said that after the water had dried from the cells that replacing it with oil will make the wood harder. I’ve used BLO to harden walking sticks that I carved in the past with some success. I believe that the oil also helps to give the wood some elasticity, making minor dents pop back to the former shape the wood had before adding the oil.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 09-12-2011 10:47 PM

Hmmm, just been in the workshop trying to simulate the damage an excited three year old can do with a die-cast firetruck. I’ll be taking a trip to the hardware store tomorrow to test the wet rot treatment and see how that holds up after interrogation by Mr Estwing.

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#7 posted 09-12-2011 11:03 PM

Thin CA glue.

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#8 posted 09-14-2011 04:54 AM

Probably not the answer you’re looking for,am taking it that you want a “coating”.But wood does harden with heat.Have done it successfully with Oak,Bamboo…and I know theres at least one highend flooring co that uses a proprietary process on mostly Maple.636

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#9 posted 09-14-2011 02:35 PM

If you have the time you could petrify it. :) Ok, I’m sorry. I’ll go now.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 09-14-2011 03:37 PM

I would likely do a relatively thin coat of bartop on top.. You can’t get much harder than that.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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