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Forum topic by Millo posted 12-10-2011 08:59 AM 1308 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2011 08:59 AM

Hi everyone,

I am about to complete a sofa table in walnut—mostly air-dried Texas walnut, although the legs are kiln-dried…. the difference in color is kinda odd, but oh well…—after taking a semester-long woodworking course and I am trying to make a finishing plan for it. I plan on doing a satin finish, most likely General Finishes Arm R Seal Satin or their clear Gel Topcoat. I’ll live with the difference in components’ colors. I was, however, a bit concerned about the porous nature of the wood. I hate it when dust gathers in the pores of wooden pieces over time, and thought maybe pore-filling, especially on the top (about 15”x44”x7/8” w/ a 45ยบ cambered edge), would make it look nicer and help keep it cleaner.

I have read about shellac/pumice, especially since at some point I’d like to do French-polishing on other projects and have read on the process, but have seen in person projects by people (amateurs, albeit talented ones) who couldn’t figure out how to NOT end up w/ random little white grains in their finish. Is this a concern?

Vicrider made a review of this water-based product, Crystalac (you can read it here: ) and was wondering if any more people have and type of experience w/ it—positive or negative. From reviews I’ve read elsewhere some people seem to think it is problemtaic, dries yellow, yaddayaddayadda.

I’ll keep researching old topics as I’ve already learned about some options for pore-filling from Lumberjocks’ forums.

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 09:19 AM

The white stuff in the pores is a legit concern, especially if you use
wax as a topcoat.

I recommend, if you are freaked out about this stuff, that you
look at the “micro-bead” filler sold by LMI and perhaps other places.

Pro finishers use fillers and sealers all the time. You just have to
take the time to do it. Pore fillers mostly shrink so you have to fill
and sand more than once and then sand some of your topcoats if
you want it like glass.

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 10:35 AM

I would say this product looks fairly straight forward I’ve never used it personally. i tend to use the cut back method for pore filling. the only word of caution I would give you on Crystalac is it is a ploy blend product so make sure you follow the directions on when to apply your top coat as loren pointed out it will shrike as it cures.

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