Don't know how it relates but, yes.
The only real problem with end grain is that wicks up finish and stain so
well it looks much darker then the rest of the piece.
Just sanding end grain to a much fine grit, say 320, 400 grit will do a lot
to mitigate the problem, then there is sealing it with shellac or commercial
Anything that improves the end grain over the rest of the wood will mitigate
the problem including scraping. However, with a scraper, and since end grain
is usually milled to some kind of profile, it is hard to match that profile
without making a custom scraper and, if you don't match the profile, it's
more work then it is worth, in my opinion, trying to get the profile evenly
Now if you are talking about the raised nubs of severed wood grain that
results in what is called "raised grain" it's a simple matter of dampening
the wood, letting it dry then giving it a ever so light scuff sand to remove
the nubs. Naturally a sharp scraper can be used to do the job but you have
to remember your purpose is NOT to remove material, just that little fuzz.
I've found that if the piece is not to be stained and a water based finish
is to be applied removing these nubs is easier if you just apply one light
coat of the finish and let it cure.The nubs will still remain standing but,
stiffened by the finish they are easier to remove.
If stain is to be used I dampen a piece, let dry, remove nubs, before
staining. While it's not quite as easy to remove the nubs if you try to do
so after the stain is applied there is a good chance of accidentally cutting
through the stain and spoiling it.
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