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Jul 11th, 2017 at 6:48pm
 
I am flutemaker.I have this zebra flute that has what looks scratch.It has been sanded through the grits  too many times to count.I havent felt the scratch at all...smooth as glass.I dont know what else to do.It is just a blemish but Im not sure what to do.I dont think there is anything to do..It is at the wrong place to do an inlay.. on the backside.I will post a pic when I get a chance....Any ideas.???    Ever had what appeared to be a scratch but you couldnt get rid of it..??
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Reply #1 - Jul 12th, 2017 at 8:06am
 
Yup. i worked on what I thought was a scratch on a bowl only to realize that it was actually a feature of the wood grain.
Went thru the grits a couple of times  before the light bulb came on.

Maybe you can just stain it to match the surounding area and then reseal it.
Magic markers can work wonders!! Smiley
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Reply #2 - Jul 12th, 2017 at 5:55pm
 
The grain of the zebra wood goes up and down or length..The "scratch"" goes across it...Wish I could hide it..I wonder if I could very lightly lightly with a wood burner with a fine knife tip on it or take something like a razor blade and make tiny slivers across the scratch and maybe put some dark stain into the slivers to match the existing grain?   Thanks Ralph for your suggestion!!
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Reply #3 - Jul 12th, 2017 at 6:53pm
 
A photo would be helpful
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Reply #4 - Jul 12th, 2017 at 6:59pm
 
Sometimes there is a quirk in the wood that is perpendicular to the growth rings.  There are also medulary rays, nost noticeable in red and white oak, that can cross a number of growth rings.
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Reply #5 - Jul 13th, 2017 at 3:04am
 
What is the best way to reduce pic size so I can post it on here? I took one but it is too large.
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Reply #6 - Jul 13th, 2017 at 8:11am
 
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There are also Free software programs that do a great job, if you're interested
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Reply #7 - Jul 13th, 2017 at 8:41am
 
Don's response is exactly what my "scratch" was!!

It went across the grain and so i automatically figured it was something I did.

I had another one that not only went across the grain but "pulled" the grain with it. That one i figured out BEFORE I tried to fix it like the other one.

Sometimes it is what it is. Smiley
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Reply #8 - Jul 13th, 2017 at 9:33am
 
There are really only two things you can do with any "imperfection'.
1. Try to remove it so that it's not seen, felt or in any way noticeable by the end user.
2. Enhance it in such a way that it adds a focal point or at least a degree of character to the piece.
If either of these options can not be achieved, then I suggest to move on.
Sometimes it can be easy to waste far too much time chasing a problem and trying to "save" a piece than it would be to create another.
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Reply #9 - Jul 14th, 2017 at 6:03pm
 
Here is a pic...Surely looks like a scratch but never felt anything...smooth as glass
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Reply #10 - Jul 15th, 2017 at 10:53am
 
It doesn't look like you can either hide or embellish this inclusion.
If it were mine,
I would probably try to fill it with a clear epoxy. If that doesn't meet my satisfaction, I would move on.
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Reply #11 - Jul 15th, 2017 at 12:05pm
 
Yes that is about it Ed. Ill try a little bit more...epoxy or something than work on something else!!
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Reply #12 - Jul 16th, 2017 at 8:46am
 
Many times what flaws stick out to us are either not noticed, or just accepted as normal by the user.
As long as it is not a crack through, letting air out, I would just finish as usual.
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Reply #13 - Jul 20th, 2017 at 3:24am
 
Yep I agree John.Its not a crack ....sanded through grits after trying to turn it out...never felt anything with my finger nail...probably wont be noticed./..
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Reply #14 - Jul 20th, 2017 at 9:30am
 
Mike Turner wrote on Jul 20th, 2017 at 3:24am:
Yep I agree John.Its not a crack


There are distinct differences between checks, splits, shakes and cracks.
"A check is separation in wood fibers across the annual rings of a piece of wood and a split is a separation of wood fibers across the annual rings but through a piece wood. A third type of fiber separation, known as a shake, occurs along annual rings and is generally a naturally occurring phenomenon in standing tress, not the result of seasoning."

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Re: Sanding Zebra Wood
Reply #15 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 2:28pm
 
Looks like a small stress fracture to me.
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