Using a sizing glue on end grain for finishing

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Forum topic by moke posted 10-29-2015 05:13 PM 967 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2015 05:13 PM

I saw the old post about using sizing glue for the assembly of mitered joints, which reminded me of a technique that I read about somewhere….thin glue way down with water, spread it on end grain, then finish sand and it will not get darker than the rest of the piece when you stain.

What is the dilution of the glue and is anyone familiar with this/had any luck with it, or is this really basic and I have asked another dumb question?


-- Mike

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#1 posted 10-29-2015 05:39 PM

There are so many ratios, you can pretty much pick whatever you want. I use it on MDF occasionally, and dilute the glue about 4 parts water to 1 part glue (sort of, I’m not real particular about the measurements). I’d try it once and see how you like the results, if whatever you used worked to your satisfaction, you’re done.

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#2 posted 10-29-2015 06:43 PM

I’ve found that by taking the end grain to a higher grit even things out quit a bit. I also use dye’s not stains that solved a lot of issues as well.

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#3 posted 10-29-2015 06:48 PM

1+ with bones comments above. I think it is easier to control sandpaper than glue.
More times than not, I like to see the variation of color on end grain. The fact that end grain stains darker looks very natural to me.

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#4 posted 10-31-2015 05:08 PM

Thanks guys… I have been using two grades of finer paper on end grain that the rest of the piece, I just thought sizing glue might make my life easier…

-- Mike

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#5 posted 11-01-2015 12:06 AM

Thanks Moke for posting this. I have never heard of this before. I will give it a try.

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