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Forum topic by ChrisBabayco posted 09-03-2008 06:47 PM 949 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2008 06:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing mahogany

Hello all-
I am just getting ready to finish a mahogany and maple piece and when I tested my finish on a piece of scrape the open pores in the mahogany really stood out. Do any of you have thoughts or suggestions on a product / technique that I can use to reduce the visibility of the pores? As ever thank you all for your thoughts.

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#1 posted 09-03-2008 06:56 PM

Check this out by Karson....

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 09-04-2008 05:24 AM

I use shellac. I put two coats of dewaxed shellac and lightly sand. Then I lightly soak a rag in denatured alcohol and lightly wipe the surface. The alcohol melts the shellac and fills the pores. Just be sure your finish is compatible with shellac. I haven’t tried this on mahogany yet.
The woodwhisperer uses Danish oil and some sanding to fill pores. I never tried it but you can view his podcast to learn more. I have been meaning to try this method so if you do use it, let me know how it turns out.
As always, try anything you do with a scrap taken from the wood you made your furniture from.

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#3 posted 09-04-2008 03:40 PM

I’ve used the official pore filler material, and I’m not happy with that technique: I end up playing with the artist pigments to try to get the color right, and then when everything dries it’s the wrong color. I think I’m going to try the wet sanding with Danish oil thing next, the project I’m using mahogany for is kitchen cabinets that will end up being refinished at some point, so I’m trying to minimize my use of shellac (‘cause it gums up sandpaper something awful).

Thanks, Chris, for asking the question, and thanks y’all for the answers!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 09-06-2008 08:15 PM

In my opinion..nothing beats timbermate filler…its a silica …waterbased product..doesnt shrik ..easy to use and sand..its the fastest and best performing i have ever found….here is a link I use it on my big mahogany Bombe ’s and it does great….i usually just go with whatever wood im using for the dyes and stains excellent ..

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