Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Thetford, Vermont, United States
It looks like it is already in the correct orientation, yet I would share (like floors) a piece of wood that will receive human contact of rubbing (traditionally) is only oriented Bark Side Up. This mitigates the severity and/or length of splinters, and is the way wood was usually oreiented in the past typically.
I don't employ modern materials nor care for the plastic look that is gotten from epoxies (for the most part.) The methods thus discribe by other posters do work and very well in my view. For a more traditional fix I would just use a hide glue and fill all voids with a mix of this and saw dust colored to the tone you wish.
I would share a good mix of traditional Pine Rosine, Beeswax, Flax, and Tung Oil should lock down the splitters more than well enough. 3 coats would do just as good as most epoxy applications for this and is a simple finish to redo and/or reverse. Stripping epoxies and other plastic finishes is a nightmare...assuming it can be done at all...
Last edited by Jay C. White Cloud; 03-20-2017 at 01:48 AM.