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post #1 of 6 Old 06-23-2019, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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live wood slab finishing problems

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First post and i'm looking for some help/advice on finishing a live sycamore slab coffee table, i am very new to woodworking and would love some experienced help. I purchased the slab which was dried and planed and i have sanded down to 220 grade, i started to see small cracks appear when i have been sanding - see attached - i was trying to even out the color as there are some darker area's. Am i sanding too much? am i damaging the wood, is this just a feature of the piece of wood?.... i stopped and applied a thin coat of Osmo clear satin. Some very defined areas come out a lot darker than others - is this just a feature of the wood? again images attached.


Any advice would be very welcome,


Thanks so much,


Dan
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I've just realized i should probably have added this to the finishing thread but am unsure how to move it...
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Those kind of cracks are normal. It just happens sometimes on crotch cuts of wood. Nothing you are doing is helping or hurting it. If you don't like the appearance you could fill the cracks with wood putty.
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thank you Steve - much appreciated, i will keep sanding!
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thank you Steve - much appreciated, i will keep sanding!
On that cut of wood the grain is running every which way and parts of it are like the ends of a board. All of us has seen cracks of all different sizes on the ends of a board. The wood tends to crack on the end grain because it dries faster then the rest of the board.
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Okay, Dan, the only wood you'll see that is homogenous in color throughout the board has been stained. Like most factory furniture. Natural colored boards will have variation in color. The crotch section such as you have will have a lot of variation in the color. It's a beautiful piece. Sand it fine, maybe 400 grit or finer if you want, put some oil on it and look into it long and deep. You will gain a new appreciation for the difference between natural beauty and stained monotony.
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