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