Return to the Woodworking Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Should I 'condition' my sapele countertops?

Posted by islandlife (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 10, 12 at 23:17

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!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Should I 'condition' my sapele countertops?

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.

RE: Should I 'condition' my sapele countertops?

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.

RE: Should I 'condition' my sapele countertops?

I don't think that's gonna work too well. Gaps and nail holes in floors are a lot bigger than pores in sapele.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Woodworking Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here