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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 12-02-2012 11:58 PM 980 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Purrmaster

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12-02-2012 11:58 PM

I’m making a project out of ash. Which, like oak, has very open pores. I probably won’t fill the grain on this project but I’d like to try it some time.

What do you like best for filling grain? I’ve collected some sanding dust in case mixing my own pore filler would work. But I’m open to all methods.

Opinions?


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 02:12 AM

Filler destroys the character of any wood. Plain sawn white ash has beautiful grain that doesn’t need anything clouding it.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 02:19 AM

Drywall compound … ... ...

You can apply it as is, and stain/dye the entire piece … or … color the piece, THEN color the filler for effect prior to application. This way, you can enhance or minimize the grain with different color combinations. THIS is where finishing departs from stark mechanics, and becomes a bit of an art. You can make or break a piece based on it’s physical appearance, and color has much to do with it’s success/failure.

-- - dabbling in sarcasm is foolish … if you’re not proficient at it, you end up looking stupid … ... ...

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 02:39 AM

If I colored the wood before coloring the filler I assume I would put on my stain and then slap on the drywall compound?

Does anyone use solvent based pore fillers? I’m having a devil of a time finding oil based fillers and dyes. They all seem to be waterbase.

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 04:36 AM

The reason to fill the pores would be to get a smooth, mirror like surface. I am concerned about how it would affect the appearance.

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 02:22 PM

Aqua coat , ( water base) it dries clear and clean ,for oil base check Mohawk Finishes Pore O pac

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 03:00 PM

Aquacoat Grain Filler – along with all of their products – is excellent.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 03:01 PM

I agree Earlex .. good stuff

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#8 posted 12-04-2012 05:56 AM

I’ll take a look at Aquacoat. What about Crystallac? There’s only one review on here.

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#9 posted 12-04-2012 06:57 AM

Liming (lime-ing) if the effect suits you

http://www.bozzle.com/id_limingwood.html

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#10 posted 12-04-2012 12:11 PM

I’ve had good results just using lacquer. Pour some on the piece, squeegee it into the pores with a straight edge (I have loads of old planer knives lying around and use those), wait till it’s dry, sand it level, start spraying. Job done.

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#11 posted 12-04-2012 02:22 PM

I’m kinda with Renners on that. I like to use a little oil/varnish mixture and sand up a little bit of slurry, rubbing it into the pores. Let it harden a bit, sand back, and then spray a sealer coat. You may have to do it twice, but that’s true of most pore filling operations.

I’ve also done the French polish method by adding some pumice (for light woods) into shellac with a little oil. You can use rottenstone for darker woods, like walnut.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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