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Forum topic by Nate_T posted 03-26-2012 04:00 AM 711 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2012 04:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wax walnut finish spots question

Ok guys, I’m new to woodworking and am working on some pretty basic starter projects. I have a balancing wine holder I’ve made from 4/4 walnut, sanded to 220 and just put two applications of BLO. I read a lot of posts that recommended a final coat of wax, which I just applied 4 hrs or so ago. The problem is, it seems to have formed light “spots” at the pores. Will these darken up or did I do something wrong?

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 04:50 AM


What’s happened is the walnut is porous wood. Essentially, you have filled the pores with wax which dried white. Thing to do is find some brown shoe polish and use that over it. Presto, pores disappear. You could use some dark wood wax made for that purpose, but at $15 or more plus shipping or finding it, this is a workable solution. I once refinished an antique walnut dresser and mirror with nothing but brown shoe polish (KIWI paste). 47 years later, my cousin says it looks fine.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 08:03 PM

Great tip! I tried the shoe polish and it worked great. Thanks Steve!

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