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#1 posted 09-13-2012 10:07 PM

You describe these as grooves, but are they actually raised? That would indicate small chips in the blade. The scallops are what I call “chip outs” (I don’t know where I got that, but I didn’t make it up myself). They usually occur where there is a change in grain direction and the knives are cutting against the grain, such as near a knot. They can be minimized by taking lighter passes or using sharp knives, but they sometimes happen.

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