What can I do to fill, or not?

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  1. Laren

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    Hi guys. Help required. I put a couple of coats of clear on my neck. As you'll see in the pics the purple heart and the mahogany have open pores(?) I did put shellac sanding sealer on first or is it to thin to fill?

    Any ideas on what I should do next?

    Thanks.

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  2. 985plowboy

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    No idea how to answer your question but please put up more pics.
    That sucker is amazing!
     
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    Wow! That is one beautiful lookin' neck from what I can see! GREAT job Laren! Pls more pics ;) As to your question - Hmmmm..... I think maybe what I'd do is let it fully cure, sand with 600, put on another coat and repeat this process until it's filled in. FWIW.... good luck! Maybe others might have better ideas, but this is what I would do if it were me, but I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time :confused:
     
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  4. Peegoo

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    Forr open-pore wood like that, I like to use a clear vinyl filler/sealer and sand it all flat. It fills and does not shrink. Behlen and Mohawk brands are what I have used.
     
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  5. Laren

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    I just had an idea for a neck. The considered option of a few is that it won't work because it's end grain. I don't understand that :oops:, anyway I've put a couple of carbon fibre rods it for support. Have to see if it works when strung up. It hasn't twisted yet, it's been stable for a few weeks now.

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    Wow man, that’s cool!
     
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    That really looks cool.
     
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    That is really nice work, brother!

    Anybody tells you multiple pieces of wood is bad juju, remind them that Owsley and Wickersham at Alembic were using 'hippie sandwich' construction for their guitars and basses in the 1970s. And they sounded great.
     
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    Laren, that's got to be one of the most strikingly beautiful peices I've seen! I cannot wait to see the end result of this baby! Fantastic job! Wow....
     
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    That is beautiful! How did you get the black dividing lines between the pieces?
     
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    Appears to be veneer. That is top-notch work.
     
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  12. Laren

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    Just black veneer. Just to make gluing up easier :confused:
     

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    I pore fill any porous wood like yours with a finishing resin called Zpoxy. But I do it before any other finish goes on other than possible stain. Zpoxy has another great feature in that it enhances grain and figure, it would make your neck and body just pop. As with any finish, test on scraps of the same wood.

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    I'd probably sand it back a little with 400 or 600 grit, then spray and sand light coats of dewaxed shellac until it's where I wanted it. You might be able to get some of the shellac sanding dust to rest in the pores. Leaving it there might help fill with fewer coats.
     
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    ... and if you want to try a filler, I think people like the Aqua Clear when using on top of a clear coat.
     
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