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02-02-2017 06:47 PM

All,

Brand new to the forum so I hope this is the right place to post this. I am in process of making a four poster canopy bed for my fiancée as a wedding present. I am making the whole bed out of soft maple. It is looking great so far. Unfortunately, the other day when I was looking at the four large posts, I realized two of them had a greenish tint to them on opposite sides of the post (perpendicular sides don’t have this color). I cut and planed them a couple weeks ago and don’t remember seeing this color (could’ve been there though). The rest of the posts are all the very light maple color as well as the rest of the bed. Has anyone come in to contact with this? Any thoughts on how to get rid of the color? I am worried that once I stain it, the color difference will show. I have been searching online and read everything from oxalic acid to two part bleach to leaving it out in the sun for a few hours. Hope you can help!


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#1 posted 02-02-2017 09:19 PM

bump

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#2 posted 02-02-2017 10:34 PM

I can’t give anything specific other than to say experiment on scraps until you figure out what works.

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#3 posted 02-02-2017 10:41 PM

I’ve seen this plenty of times. It’s never bothered me.

When you oil it, it tends to come out a little darker, but then it just looks like some nice spalting or ambrosia…if you notice it at all.

As far as staining goes…not sure what to tell you. I never stain wood. I like to oil it and seal it and that’s it.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#4 posted 02-02-2017 11:35 PM

I agree, it will add to the beauty of the bed. That said, maple is prone to blotching with stain. I’ve had good results with Charles Neil’s color conditioner, but you might try seal coat or another pre stain conditioner. use scrap pieces to get the look you want, you could also use dye, it gives you a lot more color options, hope this helps and good luck

-- Colombia Custom woodworking

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#5 posted 02-03-2017 03:46 PM

Considering all of the work I have put in to it, I am really trying to avoid a big green area on some of the wood and not on the rest. I may try finding a scrap piece to stain but I really think that it is continuing to get worse and possibly has to do with the MC of the shop.

I guess I am going to try some bleach or oxalic acid on some scrap as well to see what happens unless I get any other ideas….

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#6 posted 02-03-2017 03:55 PM



Considering all of the work I have put in to it, I am really trying to avoid a big green area on some of the wood and not on the rest. I may try finding a scrap piece to stain but I really think that it is continuing to get worse and possibly has to do with the MC of the shop.

I guess I am going to try some bleach or oxalic acid on some scrap as well to see what happens unless I get any other ideas….

- Frazeran

It’s not going to come out green. I would really urge you not to put bleach or oxalic acid on it. It will most likely highlight the discoloration and effect the outcome of the stain.

Sorry ‘bout the cat: Please note the dark coloration on the leg.

And again here:

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#7 posted 02-04-2017 03:41 PM

The green color is because that part of the wood is heartwood. Red maple heartwood is a blue green color. No way that you will bleach it out. If you put oil or varnish on it, the green will turn brown.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#8 posted 02-14-2017 02:44 PM

Danny you don’t think that could be mildew, like what happens to pine?

Its so common around me (NE FL) the sawyers call it “Levi Pine”.

I think its because of powder post beetles. What you think?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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