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#1 posted 04-17-2010 04:17 PM

what you have is the leading edge of the heart of the tree, on maple it can go from the tan you see to a darker brown and sometimes green, a good way to be sure you are getting the white material is to carry a small hand plane to the mill and lightly plane areas to be sure its white, the only way I know to lighten the heart wood is to bleach it using the 2 part wood bleach here is a good article to understand bleach and its hazards

you have to check, even the best of grades allow for some off color and defects on one face , thus the FAS grade meaning First and seconds .. its the seconds thing that the issue

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