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bradleyheathhays

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I'm somewhat new to woodworking and I'm planning on doing some live edge tables. My issue is I don't have enough experience reading wood grain so that I'm able to predict what kind of color will come out of a slab once it's finished. As I'm meandering through the local mill is there anything acceptable I can do to the slabs that will reveal their finished coloring? I know you can wet a slab and bring out it's color but I hardly think you should do that to one that's already been dried. Or maybe brush on a little sanding sealer...but that'd probably be frowned upon.


Any suggestions?
 

Doug71

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Think the standard way is spit on your finger and wipe it on the wood, or is that just me?
 

Myfordman

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Any decent timber supplier will let you run a few strokes of a (your) plane over a sawn board and wet it to see the grain pop.
 

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Myfordman":i22p3pxx said:
Any decent timber supplier will let you run a few strokes of a (your) plane over a sawn board and wet it to see the grain pop.
So you do use the No.4 occasionally Bob :lol: :lol: - Rob
 

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white spirit on a rag. it evaporates after a couple minutes at most. gives you exactly what a gloss varnish will be.
 
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