Should I 'condition' my sapele countertops?

salishsongApril 10, 2012

I have new sapele plank countertops made by my husband and a local cabinetmaker, which have just been sanded. I'm going to put Waterlox on them, but should I first condition the wood with something like Benite?

Thanks for any advice!

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You can either fill the open grain now, or add several extra coats of w-lox until you have a filled-in surface. Sapele is pretty porous and IMO benefits from filling with a grain filler such as pore-o-pac. You will need to tint it too.
You aren't staining so conditioner serves no purpose.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 6:52PM
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Thanks, Casey. With my douglas fir windows & doors, I was advised to use Benite whether or not I was staining. Didn't think that was needed with sapele, though -- glad to hear it from an experienced woodworker.

My husband plans to sand the sapele again and use the sawdust as the wood filler, making a 'dough' with it like they do with floors.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 12:44AM
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I don't think that's gonna work too well. Gaps and nail holes in floors are a lot bigger than pores in sapele.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 6:12PM
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