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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-17-2016, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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I know this question has been asked a few times before, but here goes. I am working on small projects using white oak and plain maple. I need a way to prevent the end grain from soaking up the stain. I am using a wood conditioner. I know I've probably opened up a can of worms but what the h---. Oldrusty

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any stain at all or or less stain???

for less stain san w/ way fine grit tham you sanded the face w/..
at least double the grit..

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Perhaps a sealer on the end grain? Unless, as Stick says, you may just want less stain, as against no stain.

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+1 sand the heck out of it...works for me...

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I make every possible effort to avoid end grain being exposed. It's too much a PITA to finish.
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It's too much a PITA to finish.
ahhhhhhhh that it is,,, but OOOOOOOOO SOOOOOO NICE when done well......
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Hi Nick. After making many small tile top tables, wine racks and bird feeders, all in soft wood. I am venturing into the realm of hard wood, making small desk top clocks, after finding Black Forest Wood Products. Their premises are like walking into Aladins cave of exotic woods. For a small fee they will cut pieces from ten foot boards etc to your exact measurements and are full of advice. They have from small veneers to massive slabs of beautifully grained woods and burls. I watch Tommy Mac's Rough Cut Woodworking on t.v. and my mouth would water over the woods he works with, not anymore. Al
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Id give a good "sealer" a go!! Perhaps even a dewaxed shellac.. and do not sand it down, just leave it alone until you've completed your staining schedule.. then sand the endgrain down. I absolutely enjoy the look of end grain, especially when the grain is very pronounced. Its all about the sanding...I usually go up as far as 400+, keeping a watchful eye out for any scratches that may need additional attenion...on the not so porous woods I'll go to 600+. Be careful when isolating the endgrain with whatever you
decide, to not get any on the face grains. There are plenty enough ways to be driven crazy when finishing..don't need another.....

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after finding Black Forest Wood Products. Al
Ain't it cool I got a place like that I came across in central Pennsylvania, Horizon wood products.. The facility alone is worth the
8 hr. round trip...

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Ain't it cool I got a place like that I came across in central Pennsylvania, Horizon wood products.. The facility alone is worth the
8 hr. round trip...
I was going to suggest West Penn Hardwoods. It was probably just as easy to drive North to Olean then to West Ridgeway. However, when I looked at the link and the address it appears, that, they move to Charlotte NC.

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