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Forum topic by Bearpaw posted 01-13-2014 02:58 AM 884 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2014 02:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: oak popular finishing question

I made foot stools from the cross section of a popular tree. It is about 2 to 3 inches thick. I have tried to control the drying, and it is to the point that it needs to be sealed. What would be best to use?

Second problem. I recently read of someone finishing an open grain wood by using an oil finish, sanding it while still wet creating a slurry that became like a wood filler resulting in a very smooth finish. Is their someone out there aware of this procedure? If so what? I am building a red oak table and getting close to needing to finish it.

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 01:30 AM

I can’t answer the foot stool question. But I have done the slurry with oil. Sand it while wet and it acts like a pore filler. When you wipe it off after sanding wipe across the grain. Otherwise you have a tendency to wipe the filler out of the grain. It works great on oak because of its open grain structure. Good luck

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#2 posted 01-19-2014 03:39 AM

Thanks for the feed back. I hope the weather is warmer next week to get in to the shop. I called WATCO service line to inquire about the slurry. They said it would work. My next question deals with staining. Can it be stained before or after the tung oil? I will have to test that. I will let you know.

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