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Forum topic by shoichi posted 07-27-2017 11:49 PM 1121 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2017 11:49 PM

Hello all.

I’m having a problem with a table I’m finishing.. the knot seems to not want to soak in anymore finish but when I wipe the finish oil off, it looks really dry and complete ruins the table. When I shine light to it and zoom in, it looks like it’s grey.. the good news is this is the backside of the table but the bad news is I’ve got three more knots like this on the front side.. the other coupe knots on the backside aren’t nearly as bad and one looks completely ‘wet’ and no wag like this.
The wood is walnut by the way
Any feedback wood be appreciate

Thank you

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#1 posted 07-27-2017 11:58 PM

Oil-based wood filler pressed into the
knots. Sand level. Apply more oil finish
and wet sand when the finish starts to
tack up.

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#2 posted 07-28-2017 12:01 AM

Yeah, that or fill the knots with epoxy, sand level then finish.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 07-28-2017 12:37 AM

Looks fine to me.If this is really your first major table project keep in mind that your shop lights will show more defects.When you have it inside your dining lights are going to be on your side.
And always look at the overall quality of the piece and judge it.
Not one or two spots esp that are natural.
Shoot for execellance not perfection.

-- Aj

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#4 posted 07-28-2017 02:09 AM

Yeah, that or fill the knots with epoxy, sand level then finish.

- bondogaposis

+1 I have to do this on many projects with my wood choices.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#5 posted 07-28-2017 03:27 AM

I have used epoxy many times and it turned out great.

Bill in MI

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#6 posted 07-28-2017 03:32 AM

I appreciate everyones feedback . The knot doesnt. Does not need tone filled but I guess I’ll jus take put a layer of epoxy on it so the table won’t have that ‘dry’ look on the knots

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#7 posted 07-28-2017 06:21 AM

I agree with the epoxy resin advice. It’s always worked for me.

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#8 posted 07-30-2017 04:27 PM

Beautiful table BTW… would look awesome with a few butterfly joints along the seam – it would make the join more aesthetically pleasing …and looks incredible if done with another species wood (even black walnut). If you are interested here’s a YouTube video and DIY link:

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#9 posted 07-30-2017 05:35 PM

If you don’t need to fill it try a couple coats of Shellac.


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