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#1 posted 01-22-2018 10:00 PM

Getting an even coat of polyurethane on an open pored wood is an exercise in patience. I made a large redwood burl table a few years ago ( and it took 10 coats of thinned poly with sanding at progressively finer grits between coats to get an even finish. Next time try a thin coat of shellac before you put on the poly, it will seal the wood and make it a lot easier to get an even finish. The other option for the future is several coats of wiping varnish first eg. Danish oil etc. followed by poly.

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