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Forum topic by MichiganKeel posted 08-13-2015 10:51 PM 1216 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MichiganKeel

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08-13-2015 10:51 PM

I was milling some cherry boards and noticed these “splotches” throughout. Continuing to mill does not eliminate them. Any ideas what this is or how I might deal with it?

-- I keep cutting and cutting and it's STILL too short


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exelectrician

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 06:23 AM

It is all part of the charm of cherry.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Tennessee

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#2 posted 08-14-2015 11:00 AM

+1 for exelectrician.
You can minimize it by using a pre-stain wood conditioner before staining or putting on your finish. I use Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, and it seems to work well.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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bonesbr549

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#3 posted 08-14-2015 02:58 PM

It’s blushing! Love that cherry. If you want to minimize it and going with a natural finish there are things you can do. I personally like it and would enhance it. If on the other hand you want to have immediate aged cherry look then accents with dyes (not stain), can deal with it as well. Me I love it!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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JoeRPhilly

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#4 posted 08-14-2015 03:01 PM

Looks to me like those brown spots are rot/decay – is that possible? I have some cherry with similar areas and that’s what it looked like to me.

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tnwood

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#5 posted 08-14-2015 06:27 PM

Pretty typical I think. Use Charlie Neil’s prestain conditioner to blend it in during finishing.

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AlaskaGuy

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#6 posted 08-15-2015 06:58 PM

I don’t know what all those big dark spots are but the cherry I get doesn’t look like that. To me that’s looks like junk not charm. I’d use that cherry for a painted project.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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bonesbr549

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#7 posted 08-15-2015 09:43 PM



I don t know what all those big dark spots are but the cherry I get doesn t look like that. To me that s looks like junk not charm. I d use that cherry for a painted project.

- AlaskaGuy

Paint cherry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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AlaskaGuy

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#8 posted 08-15-2015 10:16 PM


I don t know what all those big dark spots are but the cherry I get doesn t look like that. To me that s looks like junk not charm. I d use that cherry for a painted project.

- AlaskaGuy

Paint cherry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

- bonesbr549

Yes, cherry paints well. I’ve used my not so nice cherry for painted projects. I made doors for a whole kitchen using reject cherry for the styles and rails and MDF for the raised panels. Painted white. Worked quite well.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 08-17-2015 03:26 AM

I never had that problem with cherry purchased in these parts (NW Arkansas.)

-- Joe

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 08-18-2015 05:43 AM

I took the picture of that cherry and posted it on the woodweb’s forum. The one and only answer so far is that it’s surface oxidation from kiln drying that can be removed my planing off more material.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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mahdee

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#11 posted 08-18-2015 11:24 AM

I would get one of the boards and expose it to sun for a few days and then put a coat of poly on it. It maybe a lot prettier than you think. as bonesbr549 said, enhancing it might be your best bet.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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MSRiverdog

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#12 posted 08-21-2015 06:18 PM

Use it to your advantage, saved this stuff for years.

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-- http://www.riverviewwoodworking.com

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AlaskaGuy

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#13 posted 08-21-2015 06:26 PM

Latest reply from the woodweb guys

“Looks like pitch pockets. This is a natural characteristic of Cherry lumber and is not a defect in the low end grades. That is why I only buy FAS or proprietary graded lumber so that these defects are graded out of the lumber along with the SAP wood.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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MSRiverdog

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#14 posted 08-21-2015 06:58 PM

Wood like that I use for my MSRD fish measuring boards, the folks love it.

-- http://www.riverviewwoodworking.com

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AlaskaGuy

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#15 posted 08-21-2015 07:29 PM

What is “MSRD”

What wood are your referring to? The table or the OP’s wood?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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