OK, now it is my turn to have the questions. I know there are many seasoned woodworkers out there that will hopefully be able to help me with this:
What do I do to get the dark, moldy-looking streaks out of oak? I did my usual of Googling it, and most of the responses said to use some bleach, but I don’t want to ruin the natural color of the oak or have it blotchy or streaky.
Let me tell you more about the wood:
I have a couple of boards, let’s say half an inch thick and about 8-9 inches wide in three to four foot lengths that have some of these streaks on them. I am thinking it was because when we stacked them they may have been slightly cupped and twisted so in an effort to straighten them out, we sprayed them with a mist of water and stored them weighted flat. (No, we didn’t put stickers between them – probably part of the problem)
Now there are blackish streaks in the grain of the wood. Not very pretty.
I want to use this wood for a project that is still on the drawing board, but should be ready to cut by the end of the week. I was planning to finish it with my usual mineral oil followed by spray shellac, as the project will not be handled much and that always give the grain of the wood a pleasing look. But will that stop the wood from decaying further? Or should I do something else?
I have some sanding sealer here that I haven’t tried yet. I was wondering if the sanding sealer would retard any of the mold from coming back better. I know that Martyn uses that all the time and I love the way it brings out the grain with his beautiful projects. I wonder if that would do.
I also want to note that this project will be glued together. I would prefer to glue it after the sanding sealer, if possible because it will be much easier to finish the pieces before gluing them together. Is that OK? Or should I go another route?
I would appreciate any and all advice on this matter. If you all don’t think it is possible to fix this problem in the next day or so, then I certainly have some other wood I could use. I just liked the look of the oak and really wanted to use it. I thank you in advance for your help in this matter.
Today I get to cut out the candle tray that I drew up yesterday. I pretty much have the drawing finished, with just a bit more to do today. I can’t wait to use the saw again and play with it. I found out that my light has been shipped and soon I will be able to use that instead of the task lamp with the magnets on the bottom that I have been using up to this point. I am excited.
I took the car in for the new break pads yesterday and found out that the reason they wore so fast was because the one caliper had been damaged and wore the pad on an angle. The other front wheel was fine and barely worn, while this one was completely done. They didn’t mention that when we had the car in Chicago. Only that I would be needing new breaks soon. Apparently they only took off one wheel to check them. :(
So they won’t be able to do the work until tomorrow. I left the car there because there was no point in driving it anymore with it in that condition. It wasn’t safe and I didn’t want to do further damage. It seems like I am really getting hit right now with a lot of stuff. It is good motivation to really get moving to make some more new patterns. I am very overdue for a site update, as I didn’t do so in April, but I don’t really have many new things to put on it. I would like to change the sales though and put a new free pattern for my customers to work on and update them with a newsletter. I have received a couple of emails asking if they missed their April issue. I am happy that people care. :)
So a busy day is ahead of me. It will be nice to see the next project come to life. On paper it looks nice, but it always is a thrill to see it in wood.
I hope everyone has a good day. My heart goes out to my friends in the States who have been hit with all the rain, tornadoes and flooding. I hope you are all safe and sound.
Let me know about the oak issue if you have time. I really would appreciate it a lot.
Thanks so much!
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