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post #1 of 8 Old 12-16-2015, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Stripes in maple?

Good evening guys. My fiancée wants a nice bookshelf made and we picked up some good maple 10'x8"x2". I have a block plane (Stanley 60 ½ with 25* blade) and took the rough cut off with that. Then sanded with 120 grit to start and will work to 150/180/220 and maybe a bit more. This is my first time using the plane (and I love it).

My question is, in the pictures below, there are stripes against the grain as you can see. Is this normal for maple? Do I need to plane off more and get below that?

Raw board next to planed & sanded.

Damp & dry

Also, I'm wanting to put something other than floor flanges on the bottom for feet; I'm thinking something wrought iron. Anyone know of anything like that?

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The stripes are mineral streaks that were created as the tree grew. It may go all the way through the board so I don't think you can plane it off.
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Steve, I think he's talking about the horizontal stripes coming from the rough planer at the lumberyard. If so, more hand planing and sanding is required.
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Planer. The wood was almost bouncing as it went through the planer. That you can see in the LH board. Then the uneven surface weathered enough that the first hand planing didn't get below the last of it on the RH board.
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looks to me like it is still rough cut. my guess was there was a bent tooth(s) on the band saw mill, causing a deeper cut into the surface.

if it were planed, the planer likely had one cutter blade set too high.

it could be 1/6 - 1/8 " deep
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First off, idk why I put maple; its walnut.

And yea, it did just need to be planed off...thanks Dewalt for the DW734.

One more question. What's the best way to clean up bark for staining? I have a good rough end that would incorporate nicely.
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Originally Posted by Craigo298er View Post
For the live edge,( the bark edge ), I would use a wire brass brush to get any loose pieces off and finish it with whatever you finish is going to be. I love live edges on some items, and that is what I did.
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