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Black flecks on Appleply maple plywood

I got some speaker cabinets cut for me by a local woodworking business. I provided them with Appleply Maple. One side of the plywood was perfect, the other has black flecks, not many, but enough that the woodworking company was going to use the blemish-free side for the exterior.

In the end, they exteriors have the black flecks on them. Other than that, they've cut the panels far better that I could have.

So, I am wondering how I might deal with the black flecks. It seems they're too deep to easily sand out. So, I am thinking that maybe an amber shellac would make them appear less prominent.

But, I am also wondering if they could be "bleached" in any way at all to make them less obvious.

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Can you post a couple of pictures ??????????
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Depends on what the black flecks are. Any chance you can post a picture?

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Sorry, I should have thought about photos. Here are a couple of pics.

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That seems more like a grease spot than anything to me. Give it a sniff, what does it smell like? If it smells like a mechanic its grease, and good luck getting it out. You can try rubbing with acetone or similar, but I doubt it'll come out easy

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I hadn't thought about it being grease - maybe from the manufacturing process? Some rollers that had a touch of grease on them.

I'll give the flecks a sniff and report back.

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OK, so the flecks don't smell like grease and didn't leave a grease spot on a piece of paper rubbed over them. They almost look like scorch marks.

I wonder if small amounts of pickling solution could be used to lighten them to blend in better.

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Hate to tell you. That's wood. It's part of the tree, all natural. Nature of the the beast, beauty of the wood and all that.

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Yep. Leave it just the way it is.

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The above guys are on spot ( no pun intended )
It's natural in the plywood ...embrace the beauty of real wood
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Natural or not, I am still unsure if I like the flecking. Afterall, rabies is natural.

I am almost finished with the cabinets and will play them unfinished for a few weeks in my music room, while I try some different finishes. So far, I am leaning towards clear shellac, but want to test a few different application methods to see what gets me the glossiest shine and chattoyance. Although I am reluctant to learn french polishing on a project as large as floorstanding speaker cabinets.

Thanks for the comments, they're appreciated.

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Spraying. Spraying is the best way to go

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