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Forum topic by skogie1 posted 09-24-2014 12:57 AM 1037 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2014 12:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut

This is some walnut that I’ve brought down to thin stock for the purposes of inlay. I’m going to cut a pattern out of this. I’ve never done this before. What are those horizontal light bands running across the boards? Are they saw marks? I’ve used the belt sander with 60 grit and then followed up with the orbital sander working up to 220, but they won’t go away.

I wet the wood with mineral spirits to show them.

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 09-24-2014 01:29 AM

Looks like planer marks. Are they raised, it’s hard to tell from the pic? Since you can’t sand it out, it may just be the grain causing it to look like there is something wrong. It looks like from the pic it is just that one piece, I would gather it is just the grain.

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#2 posted 09-24-2014 02:03 AM

To me it looks like a little bit of curly grain.

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 02:09 AM

My guess is from the belt sander. A spot on the belt that is thicker than the rest can cause a divot as it comes around each time. Probably where the two ends are glued together. I would say send them thru a planer or use a card scraper.

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 02:21 AM

It kind of looks like figure to me too. Hard to tell from the photo. Can you feel them?

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 02:31 AM

Agree with ShaneA. If you can’t feel them, congratulations, you have some curly walnut!

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 03:20 AM

It’s curly. I sanded the hell out of an area that’s not going to be used and it didn’t change. And no, it’s not raised. This panel is super flat and smooth now. Thanks for the input everyone!

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