will Naptha take it out? I have a knot on the back I want to expose too.
I got everything I needed to run a trial on a piece of scrap for the first step at least. I want to take a look at the grain after the Sanding Sealer. Not 100% sold on the blonde. I may want to keep this thing au naturel
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If you decide to go natural: sealing with amber shellac and then rubbing on Linseed oil, Tung oil, or oil varnish is a classic finishing method that is hard to mess up and hard to beat.
Or the reverse, you can fill the grain by oiling first and block sanding the oil on the surface.
This creates a wood dust oil slurry that can fill the grain. And then spray nitro or shellac over the oil finish.
An amber tint in clear nitro would also look great.