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Forum topic by bigbird posted 05-20-2009 03:14 PM 977 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2009 03:14 PM

Hello folks,
Thanks to this forum I was able to get my old Craftsman table saw and jointer going. Now I have hopefully enough tools to tackle my paneling project. I was fortunate enough to find enough mahogany (Costa Rican Christobol) paneling to finish our 12’ x 28’ pool room. The paneling is an odd 1” x 6” tonge and groove pattern, the interlocking tonge is only approximately 1/4” with approximately a 1” spacer between the tonge and the full width of the boards. The rest of the board is approximately 3/4” thick. This wood was stacked in a dry barn for the last 20 plus years and has some crowning and slight bowing issues. I used a router to make the groove a bit wider and deeper to make installation of the 9’4” boards easier. I am sure joining the boards that have crowing issues will be an interesting and challenging problem. Hopefully, having study cats in the walls at 2’ centers will help.

I am to the point of sanding the boards and would appreciate some opinions on sealing options and ideas for a durable finish. My neighbor, an avid boater, suggested sealing the wood with penetrol or boiled linseed oil and after drying, finishing with several coats of a good quality polyurethane. I have done a little reading that suggests using a sanding sealer product. I would like to do this nice wood justice so any opinions are appreciated. Thanks

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#1 posted 05-20-2009 06:24 PM

I’m not a blo fan.If you use an oil base product it takes a long time to dry , If your going to use a poly on the top coat just use some shellac and sand to 220 or finer and then your top coat. I like water base products for less fumes and easy clean up with a durable finish. It would be best if you can spray it.

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