Mystery Wood secreting sap/resin while planing?

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Forum topic by Dinger posted 02-10-2013 07:45 PM 1350 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2013 07:45 PM

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This may sounds a little weird, and you might call me crazy, but when planing some mystery wood it seemed as though with each pass, some kind of resin or sap or adhesive was being exposed. I received this kitchen cart from my grandmother which was purchased decades ago. I have no idea what kind of wood it is. When I got it, there was some linoleum set on top of it. It’s hard to say whether or not adhesive was used to attach the linoleum to the top. After a few hours and a more than a few round of smart strip, I thought I got it down to bear wood. When I went to sand it, I kept getting my sandpaper gummed up. I decided to use the smart strip a few more times and skip the sanding and finish with danish oil. Worked fine for a while. Then I noticed the top showing some stains on the top that began to get sticky! What they heck! So I got out my freshly renovated, Stanley #4 to remove a few thou off the top to get below the sticky substance. With EVERY pass I got more mess in different areas of the top. Up until today, I assumed it was adhesive, but now I’m starting to think it might be resin in the wood. Anyone else ever dealt with this? Is there a kind or many kinds of woods which have this issue? Any other thoughts or opinions? Maybe I am crazy after all…

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#1 posted 02-12-2013 08:26 PM

It certainly could be resin or pitch if it is pine, fir, or some types of cherry.

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 08:45 PM

Is there any way to get at the back side of the board? You could try some planing or sanding to see if this is really in the wood itself or if you are still dealing with residue from the linoleum.

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 11:11 PM

pictures really help with this kind of question

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