Any finish that will seal pores?
I'm very pleased with the results I got with a can of Watco Danish Oil on poplar. 3 days after the second application, I gave the work a coat of poly and was surprised at how nice and smooth it turned out.
I'd like to try for a similar finish on red oak (an open grain wood), but to do it, I'll need something that I can rub onto the wood which will fill all those tiny pores before the final app. I'm thinking I could make a thin gel of Danish Oil with Cab-O-Sil... this is a translucent fumed silica of very fine particle size, which becomes nearly transparent when wet, plus it's very inert and won't produce any off colors in the wood. Poly's drying time & characteristics make it unsuitable for use with Cab-O-Sil, but I wonder if Danish Oil might do the job... unless of course there's a commercial mixture I can use instead. Anyone tried this?