|Forum topic by Angela||posted 11-06-2011 11:11 PM||4167 views||1 time favorited||12 replies|
11-06-2011 11:11 PM
I’ve done a lot of reading about filling so I didn’t think I would be having such a problem but I think all the article are about filling genuine Mahogany and not African Mahogany, which is much more porous.
I’m building a TV stand and I wanted to fill the top. I have stained the top with a water based dye then put a coat of shellc to prtect the wood from any stain the filler might cause. This is what I’ve tried
1. I first purchased the Behlen’s Mahogany oil based wood filler and reducer but every time I’ve tried to use this stuff it just stains the wood black. I’ve tried to reduce it and I’ve tried to immediately removing it after wiping it on.
2. Next I purchased the Behlen’s Natural oil based wood filler. This is a grey color that can be tinted. I first tried it without tinting it and it filled the pores a light grey color so next time I tried to tint it. This was probably the best so far but it still stained the wood and didn’t look right.
3. I thought I’d go another route and try the water based CrystaLac Clear Waterborne Wood Grain Filler that Rockler sells. When I tried this it completely coats the wood and puts a top layer over everything. To remove it from that top of the wood and just leave it in the pores, I sanded the top. The problem is I had to sand too far and it started to remove some of the stain.
4. I then thought I’d try what the magazines and other articles have recommended. One was pumice and BLO (boiled linseed oil). This didn’t really fill the holes, African Mahogany is VERY porous. If I kept rubbing enough pumice into the wood it started to cut into the stain because it was taking too much to fill the holes. Here’s one of the articles about it from FWW
5. I then tried another method of using pumice and a mixture of denatured alcohol and shellac. It did the same as above. “Here's a FWW article regarding this process. I have not tried the Plaster of Paris idea that is mentioned. I’m to the point that I figure I just won’t fill the wood but I really wanted it filled. So I thought I’d ask others out there if they have any ideas of what I can do. I’m not crazy about using oil on the wood because of the change in color. I don’t want to try something less abrasive because the rottenstone will stain the pores black.
Should I add more layer of shellac then try filling it?
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