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Pore Filling?

After many practice pieces, I finished a Newport Shell that will be applied to a bed that is being finished with many coats of WaterLox oil.  The Shell was carved with Walnut and sanded to 600 grit.  In the process of sanding, the open pores of the walnut became more evident.  Do any of you use a pore filler on your pieces and if so, any suggestions on what I should use.

Rusting grain filler works for me.

Don't you hate auto whatsit! I meant Rustins grain filler.

The walnut carving looks fantastic, and the 600 grit sanding really brought out its beauty. It's interesting how the open pores became more noticeable during the sanding process, almost like the fine details on a well-crafted shoe. As for pore filling, I'd recommend trying a quality wood filler to get that smooth finish you're looking for. It's like finding the perfect insole for a shoe, providing comfort and a finished look. Good luck with your project!