Keeping light wood from absorbing darker woods dust/color

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02-28-2021 06:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: padauk heat treated ash maple question input advice woodworking help color spreading bleeding rookie cutting board cutting boards hardwood hardwoods tip tips skill trade

Hey y’all! My names Doug, and it’s my first time posting here. But I’m new to working with hardwood. Starting out getting my feet wet by making simple cutting boards for family as gifts. This may be a rookie question. But I’m really struggling with keeping the Maple wood from absorbing the dust and or color from the other darker colored wood. Example, heat treated Ash, or Padauk. Obviously it’ll take on a brown hue or red hue. And when I look at other folks boards or other projects. The maple is still white as ever! How can I get that finish.

My process . After glue up. I run through planer. Then Acetone, and compressed air. Next I start with orbital sander 120 grit. Then repeat acetone and compressed air before 220 grit sanding. Then compressed air, acetone, then light water spray to raise grain. Then 320 sanding. After that compressed air and then Mineral oil. Then after appointment time I put on Walrus wax.

Throughout the process I feel like I’m in an uphill battle to keep that maple a clean color. Any input would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!!

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#1 posted 02-28-2021 07:52 PM

There’s no secret Mr burg. If you sand the dust will cross between the woods.
One solution is no sanding, after planning clean up with a low angle plane or scrape the surface with a card scraper.
The other path and I thinks is the best use one species of wood.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 03-01-2021 04:11 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

+1 no secret. Light/dark wood sanding challenges with cutting boards are tough.

+1 use scraper or hand plane and skip sand paper.

Acetone is capable of dissolving many natural dye colors. It might be part of your problem? Stick some Padauk wood chips/dust into cup of acetone and stir for couple minutes. Stop using acetone if you see color change in solvent. If you insist on using solvent, try paint thinner or Mineral spirits (and not the odor less stuff) instead.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 12:45 PM

remove the acetone from the equation.
sand, compressed air.
since cutting boards use oil of one variety or another and you are using mineral oil, no need to raise the grain,too.

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