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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 10-19-2012 06:39 PM 559 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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10-19-2012 06:39 PM

Do you fill the grain after you finish the walnut to keep dust out of it? I’m using danish oil so most of the small grains will be unfilled unless I put something over it. What would you use, if anything? I would like it to be as transparent to the color and texture as possible.

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#1 posted 10-19-2012 08:13 PM

I am far from a finishing expert, but here is what I have been doing with Danish oil on walnut.

I have been applying the oil as directed, but after the second application I have been taking 320 wet/dry sandpaper and sanding across the grain. After that, I let it sit for the recommended time, then when I wipe the excess oil off also working across the grain.

The theory behind this (I read it somewhere else, didn’t come up with it myself) is that the fine sanding produces a sawdust/oil mixture that, with only working across the grain, fills a lot of the pores without making any change in the color.

I have only done this on table tops, but it does seem to produce a noticeable smoothing of the surface.

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 08:16 PM

I don’t use anything

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#3 posted 10-19-2012 08:34 PM

I don’t think walnut needs a filler. I also think it looks best under a film finish like poly or lacquer in a medium sheen.

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#4 posted 10-19-2012 08:35 PM

I wouldn’t worry about dust since the oil should harden in the pores. You can certainly fill the pores like LS2000 describes, or even use pumice. However, these methods are used to give you a nice “piano” finish.

If you want the wood natural looking, then I wouldn’t worry about it.

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#5 posted 10-19-2012 09:04 PM

I’ve ordered some Arm R All for the finish coat.

Charles Neil is going to walk me through the process. It should turn out great!

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 09:10 PM

Love it! Great move!

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#7 posted 10-19-2012 09:14 PM

You can’t go wrong with Charles help. Grain filler is usually used on open grain woods like oak,mahogany etc.

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