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Posted on Filling gouges prior to refinishing dining table top.

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#1 posted 07-14-2017 02:42 AM

I used burn-in sticks and actually bought almost all the colors, over 60 different colors and have used them a lot in the past.
Every day after work I go by the Woodcraft store or Rockler and buy more dyes, stains, varnishes, and so on… it is a never ending expense, but a wonderful hobby.

I also bought graining markers and graining pigments from Mohawk Co. and used a lot of it on furniture, especially recently after the kids grew up enough to be more aware of the furniture.
Now I can do a lot more.

- Fax

Wow Julian, you’re well equipped. Since you have all the burn-in tools, one of the easiest ways to tackle your tabletop is to leave the gouges alone (unfilled), dye it, put on your first coat of Arm-R-Seal and when that’s cured, use a Mohawk clear E-Z Flow stick (M315-0001) to fill the gouges, and use the burn-in knife to level it as usual. Then you can add your final coats of Arm-R-Seal and it’ll be undetectable where you did the fill. Anytime I have color left in the damaged area I try to go with the clear stick. E-Z Flow and Planestick are my two favorites of theirs, and they’re very durable too.

I like to experiment with different finishing products and techniques as well so I don’t have a lot of doubts when it’s time to finish a project.

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