Mahogany - To Fill or Not to Fill


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Old 02-21-07, 11:17 AM
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Question Mahogany - To Fill or Not to Fill

I am building two bathroom vanities from African Mahogany for my daughter. I have never worked with Mahogany before and am concerned about its porosity.

While we are not looking for a "fine" furniture finish and prefer a natural look, will be be able to accomplish a decent finish with an oil stain followed by several coats of oil finish?

My daughter would prefer not to use a filler, nor poly or varnish if possible.

Thanks!
Matt
 
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Old 02-22-07, 05:07 AM
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Mahogony is a beautiful wood when finished naturally. I don't understand even considering a filler. It is a tight grained wood.
 
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Old 02-22-07, 04:11 PM
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My african mahogany is quite porous even after sanding. It has similar porosity to red oak. I am concerned that it will still be a bit rough textured after finishing.
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Old 02-22-07, 09:40 PM
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After the investment of time and the cost of materials, I wouldn't be comfortable having wood like this in a moist/wet location like a bathroom without protecting it with several coats of poly.
 
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Old 02-23-07, 06:04 AM
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If you use an oil such as 100% tung oil, you will have a durable finish that is waterproof as well as being easy to renew over time as needed. This sort of finish usually requires several coats to build a suitably thick film, because it is typically applied by wiping. It will take several days to achieve the needed thickness due to its slow drying rate.
 
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Old 02-23-07, 11:21 AM
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Thanks all!
After discussing your suggestions with my daughter, we've decided not to apply a pore filler and leave the surface natural after scraping & sanding it as smooth as we can.
We'll also use several coats of a polymerizing tung oil for as much water resistance as possible. This won't be as strong as polyurethane, but we like the idea of being able to touch up any future problems by simply applying more tung oil.
Thanks again!
Matt
 
 

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