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A hard maple board that was dried properly, so no sugar bleeding.

I get newsletters from a website called www.woodworkingnetwork.com. You should be able to sign up by going to this website. The website targets factories and larger shops, but the information can be used by anyone.

One of the regulars on the website is Gene Wengert, who is better known as The Wood Doctor. Gene is a wood technologist and used to work in Madison, WI in some capacity with the Forest Products Lab before going out on his own, writing about wood. I found an archive of Gene’s work at this website.

In one of his latest contributions to the Woodworking Network, Gene tells the story of a shop that had recently switched to water-based finish and was having a problem on hard maple, but just from one supplier of the wood. The problem was described as sugars from the maple working their way through the finish and creating a white frost on the surface.


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