Finishing ash end grain

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Forum topic by KnickKnack posted 07-26-2012 04:42 PM 1389 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2012 04:42 PM

Ash is one of the 3 1/2 different types of wood I can get.
I’m also a big fan of end grain.
My latest creation had a rather nice detail of book-matched ash end grain which looked jolly fine until I put on the finish, at which point all the detail just “fudges” – you an barely make out any of the grain. It isn’t just this project or this piece of wood – it’s always happened on my ash.
I’ve tried linseed oil, tung oil and varnish – same result.

Although I probably won’t be able to get it here in the Portuguese outback, I’d be interested to know what, if anything, I can use to preserve the glory of the end grain.

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 07-26-2012 04:46 PM

What about shellacking it first?

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#2 posted 07-26-2012 05:03 PM

I keep saying it, but shellac is an answer to many finishing woes. It needs more exposure to woodworkers who struggle with finishing.
Seems like all I ever see is “I wanna put poly on….....”.
None of our antiques in our home have polycrapithane as a finish, and many are well over 100 yrs. old.
Poly certainly has a place like floors and table tops.
Now I feel better.


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