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I glued up the top for a buffet this morning and when I started sanding I discovered this. It only stretches a few inches but is right on the glue line. Doesn't go all the way through from what I can tell. Should I be concerned?
 

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Looks like spalting. This is a fungus which consumes the wood. Can be an attractive feature in turning.

Can be soft, what turners call "punky". The decay will have stopped.

Since this is a small area, if the soft area is too soft, use some CA (cyano acryllate aka super glue) to harden the fibres. You will be able to apply a finish on top of the CA glue.

CA glue comes in different thickness formulae. I would use medium.
 

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Wiping the top down with mineral spirits shows that that area doesn't finish like the rest. I think ill do as you speak and just let it "add character" haha. If I'm putting poly over the top, would the CA still be necessary or would I be better off being safe than sorry?
 

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A majority of the material I picked up from the mill was spalted which excited me....until the wife said the word PAINT. Luckily it's being built with poplar so the painting isn't too big of a deal. I joked with her that if we ever got a divorce I'm sanding the paint off haha. I did convince her out of painting the top so it gets to show somewhere.
 
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