blotchy maple end grain

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Forum topic by skogie1 posted 09-27-2016 02:44 AM 507 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2016 02:44 AM

This is an end grain cutting board I made. I’ve never made one before and I’m disappointed to see how blotchy the maple is. I finished the board with Tried and True Original Finish, a polymerized linseed oil and beeswax blend. The dark areas were showing before I put the finish on and of course they really took on life once the oil darkened the board. Is there any way to use maple end grain and not get blotchiness? I looked at some pictures online and it looks pretty common. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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#1 posted 09-27-2016 10:29 AM

I’ve always heard of it referred to as ‘sugar staining’. Most common in summer cut Maple, but can happen in winter cut as well(too long from felling to kiln + warmer temps) but not nearly as common in winter cut.
The easiest way to deal with it, is to not buy it in the first place, but it can be pretty tough to spot on rough sawn maple, especially for a rookie.
Talk to your vendor. They may or may not be able to tell you. Lots will only, or ‘mainly’ buy winter cut for just this reason.
Some will tell you ‘that’s Maple’. That’s the way it is! Bullshat!

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