|Forum topic by Stevedore||posted 03-26-2016 05:02 PM||522 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
03-26-2016 05:02 PM
I’m working on a table top made up of edge-glued white oak boards. In doing the final sanding before starting the finishing process, I noticed that some areas of the endgrain have a lighter look near the center of the board thickness, as if they weren’t sanded properly or adequately. I wet the ends of the top with mineral spirits to highlight the areas, and attached a picture. I hope you can see what I’m referring to.
The top was glued up oversized by about 6-8” in length, so 3-4” was cut off each end. My point being that these areas aren’t glue smears. After sawing off the excess, I squared up & finished the ends using a router with a guide.
I have tried hand sanding with up to 220 grit, scraping, and taking a very fine cut with a power planer, and these areas remain.
Is this just something in how the wood grew? I’m going to use Homestead Finishing’s technique to get close to one of Stickley’s finishes, to match chairs that we bought, and I’m wondering if the wood dye will even out the appearance.
Not a huge deal, but I’d like it better if the board ends looked uniform. Has anyone experienced this before? Have I just been lucky until now?
-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ