Question on how the get rid of these bright streaks?

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04-02-2017 12:11 AM

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I’m working on a table top out of some old barn wood (I think it’s hemlock..?). I have a few bright streaks that showed up as I neared completion of my pre finish prep work. Normally I’d love the appearances of them but they are kind of glaringly obnoctious on a otherwise neutral table top. Anyone have suggestions on how to make them less obvious? The picture I attached shows it wet with some mineral spirits. I haven’t began my finish. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 04-02-2017 11:07 PM

Perhaps a dye-stain is the only thing I can think of.

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#2 posted 04-03-2017 04:18 AM


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#3 posted 04-03-2017 01:06 PM

It looks like a resin pocket, if so it won’t take dye or stain. Try removing it w/ a card scraper. If it goes too deep you may have to resort to removing that section of wood. BTW, the wood looks more like DF than hemlock to me.

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#4 posted 04-07-2017 07:08 AM

I’d sand the entire table which should lighten up the entire thing. Then it might not appear so different than the rest of the table. Then maybe some dye/stain/tint with some yellow in it? You might like it. After that is done ask someone what they think without pointing out the light streak. I know YOUR eye is drawn to it but others might think it adds some “character” to it. Looks too ingrained and integral to be removed.

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