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Old 05-26-2011, 07:49 AM   #7
Delfin
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RE: Adding wood, (and work)

You might want to check out Jatoba as an alternative to teak. *What I like about Jatoba is that it naturally takes on a very rich reddish brown color over time, getting more and more attractive. *I think teak kind of goes in the other direction, eventually bleaching out and losing some character. *It is also quite cheap compared to teak, hard as nails, shapes well and finishes well. *As with teak, the trick is to fill the grain before varnishing. *I use Interprime for filling, which you can slop on (5 very quick coats) then sand flat. *Epifanes rubbed effect varnish then provides a very hard and easy to maintain finish coat. *Just a personal preference, but one that seems to be shared by most everyone who looks at the finished result. *Here are some shots of Jatoba, no stain, just fill and varnish.

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