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Forum topic by Gaff posted 06-10-2012 07:49 PM 973 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2012 07:49 PM

I am brand new to this site.

I am restoring an old speed boat and got some air dried white oak for bending. I ripped a piece and found a dark streak in it. It is almost black at its darkest part.

It does not seem any softer than the other areas.

Is this a problem with the wood ? If not could it be bleached?



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#1 posted 06-10-2012 08:07 PM

You could try some Oxalic acid to bleach it. Household bleach likely won’t touch it.
Read up on the procedure and be careful.
Could you cut it out and glue it back together then bend it?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 09:40 PM

It is stained from being in contact with metal. White oak has lots of tannic acid and reacts with contact with metal. Might be a nail or something in the wood. If you have a metal detector, you may want to check before cutting more.
It will bleach out, but just on the surface. If you sand much or rout anything, it will be black again under it.
good luck, bob

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 11:22 PM

Gaff, if you post a photo it will assist us in evaluating your wood. Most likely, as Bob “killerB” mentions, it is probably a metal stain.

-- Scott, North Carolina,

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