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JeffP

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07-02-2016 03:58 PM

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I have some “curly” maple I’m using for a bathroom vanity.

I’m having trouble getting all of the surface smooth and ready for finishing. Most of it is fine…but there are “trouble spots” that I don’t know how to deal with.

Not surprisingly, these trouble spots are in areas that are “figured” or “curly”. That said…there are lots of areas that are even more figured where there is no problem at all.

The picture shows one such area. This board has been planed on the “fine” setting with my DW735, and hand planed and card scraped and sanded ( and cursed at ). Nothing I have tried has completely solved this.

So far, card scraper with NO SANDING seems to get me closest to a good finish…but there are still these trouble spots.

These few spots seem to just “want” to be fuzzy like this. When I have used other boards from this batch, I have always been using smaller and more narrow pieces, and was able to work around them. This project needs some larger pieces, making it less practical to be that picky.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.


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#1 posted 07-03-2016 11:47 AM

Shameless bump.

Really? Nobody?

(sad little wood worker takes his fuzzy board and drags it behind him with his head lowered and his shoulders slumped as he kicks at the dirt on his way back home…)

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#2 posted 07-03-2016 12:01 PM

A hand plane should handle that without much problem after you send it through the planer. Worst case, just card scrape the hell out of it. The only problem is creating a dish.

How confident are you sharpening your irons?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 07-03-2016 12:51 PM



A hand plane should handle that without much problem after you send it through the planer. Worst case, just card scrape the hell out of it. The only problem is creating a dish.

How confident are you sharpening your irons?

- TheFridge

Didn’t realize it required confidence! :)

But seriously, how do you tell? My plane iron passes the hairy arm test and I can make rice-paper thin full-width shavings with the plane.

The card scraper is a different story. I’m kinda new at that. Seems like the burr that I am able to pull on the edge is really small. Expected it to get bigger. Have been doing that with the shaft of a screwdriver rather than a real burnishing tool. Maybe that’s part of the problem.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#4 posted 07-03-2016 01:01 PM

A card scraper should take care of that. Screwdriver shafts never worked well for me. A carbide burnisher does much better. If you know anyone that works someplace that uses carbide tools (not inserts) they may be able to get a broken tool for you, or Lee Valley has a small one that works well. It’s possible you haven’t gone deep enough with the plane/scraper/sanding to get through the defects.

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#5 posted 07-03-2016 01:40 PM


A card scraper should take care of that. Screwdriver shafts never worked well for me. A carbide burnisher does much better. If you know anyone that works someplace that uses carbide tools (not inserts) they may be able to get a broken tool for you, or Lee Valley has a small one that works well. It s possible you haven t gone deep enough with the plane/scraper/sanding to get through the defects.

- OSU55

Hey, thanks for the idea. I have some solid carbide router bits. I’ll have a go at the card scraper with one of those and see if I get a better burr. Will probably have to jig up a handle for one of the router bits.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#6 posted 07-03-2016 02:01 PM

You could also try using a little water to raise the grain before scraping. Might make things a lil easier.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#7 posted 07-04-2016 09:39 PM

Just a follow up to say thanks.

I did two coats of Zinser Bullseye de-waxed shellac, with light sanding in between, followed with Minwax clear satin lacquer from a spray can. Came out better than I expected.

The “fuzzy” areas never got as good as the non-fuzzy areas, but at least they ceased to be an eyesore that was ruining the piece.

BTW, I also made a “handle” to put an all-carbide spiral up-cut bit into to use it for making burr on card scrapers. That worked really well as a burnisher. Just a handle-shaped piece of wood with a proper sized hole in the end. Stick the spiral end of the bit into the hole and use the stub sticking out as a burnisher.

I intentionally made the hole in the end of the handle at approx. 20 degree angle, so I can just hold the handle as square as I can to the scraper, and the “burnisher” is at the proper angle.

Took 5 minutes to make and works great!

Anyway, thanks all for the advice and council.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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