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Re: paste varnish?? ??

Posted By: Raymond L. Watkins <accurend@comcast.net> (c-67-174-86-170.client.comcast.net)
Date: 4/25/4 01:51

In Response To: paste varnish?? ?? (sandy stevens)

Sandy,

The main trick for a good finish on open grained wood is to use a paste wood filler, then a sealer, then the final finish.

That is the material and technique and how for example furniture manufactures get that glass smooth finish on those nice mahogany dinning room tables for example...as well as your Hoosier cabinet. Now how shinny it is or if it is a oil fininsh or not is not the issue for a nice smooth finish.....Use the paste wood filler, mixed with a little bit ofstain. You will need to stain the wood to get the color consistant, even if the stain is golden oak by MinWax for example.

Just out of curiosity, you should take a really close look at the wood grainin a bright racking light with a good magnafing glass. The oak surface will look like the grand canyon in the softer growth rings. Interesting stuff?

Most Sincerely, Raymond Texas

More wood filler info is here: http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Filling_grain.html

TIP: Wipe off and rub in the wood grain filler cross grain with lots of elbow grease and do not under any circumstances let the darn stuff dry before you wipe it off cross grain with a scrap of burlap. The darn stuff dries as hard as a rock and is most difficult to sand. By wipping off when it is stilll wet, you "drive it into" the open pores of the wood and further wipping, allows the filler to lay flat to the same level as the surrounding wood.

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