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Forum topic by Stevedore posted 03-26-2016 05:02 PM 491 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 05:10 PM

It must just be the way it is.

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 05:31 PM

Looks kinda spooky hope it’s not Haunted.

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 06:56 PM

Maybe try sanding to a finer or lessor grit so that absorption is more even. Maybe even take a dye and dye the ends what you’re needing.

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#4 posted 03-26-2016 08:32 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’m thinking that I’ll try pre-dying those areas first with a small brush to darken them a bit. Not sure what else to do about it. It’s only on 2 of the boards, and they may both have come from the same original longer board; I just don’t recall. Since the areas are near the center, I’m wondering if has something to do with how the wood was dried. Who knows. My wife thinks I’m crazy to worry about it; maybe she’s right.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#5 posted 03-27-2016 11:12 PM

Just an update; a little extra attention to the dye application in those areas seems to have made it much less noticeable. And looking at both boards with the problem, it does appear that they came from the same original (longer) board, so it was just an anomaly with that particular piece, I guess.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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