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Many "live edge" slabs/boards have structural issues like voids, knots, cracks, etc. which can be filled using two-part epoxy. To prepare the surface, sand with coarse grit sandpaper to remove dirt, debris, etc. and to expose any hidden defects and so on. Because most large defects generally extend to the opposite side of the slab, you will have to ...


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As Graphus pointed out in the comments to your question. Many of your requirements are mutually exclusive. Any oil finish only give some protection from moisture, at least as far as flooring goes, and they definitely all make the wood darker (change color) some times by quite a bit, depending on the oil and the number of coats, oil will need to be reapplied ...


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If slab is already flat and prepared the correct order is: fill wth epoxy, sand the fills flat, then apply oil, then apply poly. Some cracks may go through thickness of wood, to prevent epoxy leaking seal back surface with tape. Since you will apply poly you do not need to sand above 180. Wipe all oil not absorbed by the wood. Wait for the oil to 'dry' ...


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