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Old 08-22-2018, 08:56 PM
69Shelby 69Shelby is online now
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Houston, Texas
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I also wondered if there were a way to open the wood pores.

During my experience, I finish sanding with 220 grit but since have wondered if I should have final sanded with 150 grit. Leaving the pores a bit more open.

I have "over sanded" other wood projects and made the wood so fine/smooth that finishes did not take to the wood easily.

I have never experienced the results that I have with Hackberry.

I have had great luck with water based or alcohol based stains on figured wood bringing out the grain, which is the way I expected the Hackberry to respond. Maybe if I had stopped at the 150 grit level - my results "wood" have been better.....pun intended.

Thanks to all for the comments and feedback. I hope this saves some of you headaches.
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