grain filler both sides or just top/sides?

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Forum topic by vsefcik posted 04-04-2015 08:14 PM 797 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2015 08:14 PM

I’ve built a couple of tops for very old nightstands and plan to use a grain filler (Aqua Coat Clear Wood Grain Filler) on them to get a smooth top, followed by several coasts of Watco Danish Oil (to match the bases). The tops are quarter sawn white oak. I always finish both sides of tops to ensure that both sides react the same to temperature and humidity changes. But, I can’t think of a reason why I should put grain filler on the bottom of the top that will sit on the base. Do others use grain filler only on the visible sections, or do you put it on all surfaces, even those that won’t be seen? Thank you for your advice.

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#1 posted 04-04-2015 08:51 PM

I wouldn’t, but I’m sure there are others that would.

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#2 posted 04-05-2015 12:16 AM

I use a different grain filler (TimberMate) but only do the show sides and have had no cupping/warping problems. But I do finish both surfaces.

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#3 posted 04-05-2015 04:00 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’ll put filler only on the visible sections, but finish all surfaces.

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#4 posted 04-05-2015 04:28 PM

No reason to fill the bottom not visible part, but finish all non glued surfaces.

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