Hard Maple Defect?

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05-19-2011 03:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: maple cutting board defect

I am working on a couple of cutting boards to be sold for charity. Its my first time making boards and I have run into a problem. I have the strips glued up and was running them through the planer to level them off a bit and I noticed a weird looking spot on one of the strips of maple. It looks like pitting or something like that. I kept running it through the planer hoping it would eventually clean up, but i dont think its going to. The board is still over 1 inch thick, so I could keep going in the planer if it will clean up. I tried hitting it with some sand paper and it just fills the pits with dust. Well I am sure this is not the type of thing you would desire on the top of your cutting board. I would flip it and use the other side as the top, but of course there is a spot on a separate strip on that side. It is on the outermost strip so I guess i could cut the whole strip off and narrow the board up. Has anyone seen similar issues… any suggestions?

-- Ben in Houston

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#1 posted 05-19-2011 04:25 AM

Ahh i see. Thats good to know. I just recently changed the blades to the new side. Im taking very light cuts. I think my only option right now is to hit the entire top of the board with the ROS and see what happens. Thank you very much for pointing that out. Drum sander is on the wish list… checking craigslist every morning :).

-- Ben in Houston

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#2 posted 05-19-2011 04:59 AM

I just had the same problem on a Jatoba table top and matching grain filler worked well for me.

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#3 posted 05-19-2011 06:09 AM

Thanks gfadvm. I will look into it. Off the top of your head is that stuff ok for cutting surfaces?

-- Ben in Houston

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 08:14 AM

No… no grain filler… One other thing you can try, if you don’t mind planing more off, is get the board wet and then send it through the planer. That can help with the tear out. I’ve done that trick many times. It basically softens the surface fibers and thus reduces tear out…

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#5 posted 05-19-2011 02:50 PM

If you can’t take any more thickness off you can also mix some sawdust and wood glue into a paste and fill it in. I’ve done it before and it looks OK.

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#6 posted 05-19-2011 05:20 PM

Thanks for all of the advice. I really appreciate it. This site is awesome.

-- Ben in Houston

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#7 posted 05-19-2011 05:39 PM

You could also try a router planing jig if you feel so inclined. I was getting some tearout on some of my maple and stopped putting it through the planer but hated having to do that much sanding. I don’t have the money for a drum sander so I built a simple router planing jig. Many people on here have used them with success. May be another option and usually no tearout.

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#8 posted 05-20-2011 03:52 AM

Sometimes running the stock through the planer at an angle and take very light cuts will help.

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#9 posted 05-20-2011 10:33 AM

Also, when running through ar an angle lightly, wet the wood with paint thinner. It will soften the fibers making them easier to cut. It will then evaporate leaving no trace in the wood or on the planer.


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#10 posted 05-20-2011 12:44 PM

That’s no defect. It’s just wood being wood to keep the riff raff who lack patience from daring to make stuff with it. :) A good sharp card scraper over the whole piece and that place in particular prior to sanding would probably do the trick.

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#11 posted 05-21-2011 01:41 AM

Who you callin riff-raff? ;-)

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