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Posted on Mahogany end grain to grain patterns??

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 08:37 PM

Endgrain absorbs glue, plain and simple. So using endgrain and gluing it to other endgrain, or even face grain give less adhesion. You can “glue size” the endgrain. Thin glue to a more paste like mix, and brush/apply it to just the endgrain. Allow it to absorb. The very first seconds will tell you a lot. If it goes zip, and it’s gone, you will need to add more, maybe a lot more. What you are doing is pre-filling the woods pores with this glue filling, so when you glue for real, your glue will stay surface to surface an be able to work better.

Maybe I am not “seeing” your project, but the visual you have there (thinking of it as wood) appears like it is long strips of wood, some showing face grain, and to me anyhow some showing edge grain. Going for length all the endgrain you will see is going to be at the ends of the heads. Paint is one of the best tricks for endgrain, as once sanded as smooth as you can get it, paint fills the voids, and it virtually disappears. Unless I am missing something you don’t have an endgrain (grain only at the ENDS of a board) problem.

Try a mock up with pine or scrap, and see if the grain at the end of the board comes into play anywhere except the ends of the heads….

Your MDF will have endgrain on both the ends and the sides, because it is manufactured as many thin papers glued to a mass. The only non open grain look is top or bottom of the sheet, maybe that is your confusion?

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