De-Whiskering Wood

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One of the problems with using water-based stains and finishes is that they tend to raise the grain on the wood surface, leaving it rough. George Vondriska shows a great way to avoid raising the grain by de-whiskering your wood before staining or finishing. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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6 Responses to “De-Whiskering Wood”
  1. Klaus
    Klaus

    For an amateur woodworker who works almost exclusively with water-based finishes, this is an excellent tip – so simple. Why didn’t I think of that.

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  2. chris
    chris

    Great tip, I always wondered how you go about it. The light touch with super fine sand paper, good tip.

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  3. JOE
    JOE

    I was taught to use distilled water when dying and/or raising the grain on my projects in order to keep minerals in the water from unintentionally staining the project. While most tap water might be safe to use, it may be a consideration for woodworkers in some parts of the country.

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  4. Harold
    Harold

    Since I’ve heard George say that he uses Zinsser seal coat to keep the grain from raising, does he still recommend using water to raise the grain? Thanks.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Yep, wiping down with water and letting the grain raise before a final sanding is also a good option for de-whiskering. You don’t have to do both. A shellac seal coat has other benefits as well.

      Paul
      Woodworkers Guild of America

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