I have an old cherry table top in the process of being refinished, and I
have a problem. The top is made of lots of strips of cherry glued
together and it has oval shape.
What would be the best way to cope with the edge? Considering I have 20
pieces of end grain in different directions and angles, all subject to
some tearout when routing and willing to soak up the pure tung oil
finish that the top and bottom are getting. Even fine grit sanding is
leaving a lot of very open grain and I am wondering if it might be best
to use this as a feature of the table or just cover it up with a veneer.
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Sanding end grain to 400 or 600 grit will help. Blonde or Ultra
Blonde shellac won't darken the end grain much and will cut down
on tung oil penetrating and darkening. A clear grain sanding
sealer could also help.
As always, test on some scrap first.
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