I'm not really knew to woodworking, I've just made something I've never made before. A cutting board. I thought that you could just saturate it in oil, but that is not really working. I made the board out of multiple woods, all the wood, except the maple is getting really rough I would like to know if there is something I could put on it to repell the water, and keep the original smoothness?
I don't know if this is what you're experiencing, but I've had it happen on my boat (with teak) -
Some finishes will 'raise the grain' on the wood - causing it to become rough with 'ridges' and 'troughs'. Give the wood a good soaking in your finish and then sand it back down - the grain won't raise anymore after that.
Just yesterday, we used clamps after glue simply to take the bow out of the wood we were using, and it straightened everything out for us. Usually though, any time you lay up a project the clamps are...