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    Default Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    Hey folks, just got some canoe forms from a friend, and starting the research and learning to build a cedar strip canoe.

    there is a local fellow selling a couple Spanish Cedar boards. They both have these black spots. He said it was probably pitch/sap extruding to the surface. Still trying to educate myself, but this seems like something to run away from. Is this to be expected and no issue ?
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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    I've never seen pitch pockets in Spanish Cedar.
    Have you seen the boards or just the pic?
    Wonder if it's on both sides cuz it looks like epoxy splatter to me.

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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    I did see them (he has two boards). Both had the spotting, but did not check both sides

    ill ask him

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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    "Spanish Cedar" is not "cedar" like western red cedar etc. It's the name given to a wood that is more akin to magogany and is used extensively for the necks of classical guitars. Not sure what you intend to use it for, but perhaps this info will be useful to you...
    regards
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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    Does buddy store his lumber in a welding/ machine shop?
    plenty of species react with iron,leaving spots if it gets wet,like when a clamp sits in PVA glue squeeze out.
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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    I thought it was a cedar, not a hardwood related to mahogany. So having established that I don't actually know squat and that pvg is right... The wood database says:
    http://www.wood-database.com/spanish-cedar/ Also, natural gum pockets can remain wet and may ooze out onto the surrounding surface, which can clog and gum up saw blades, and make finishing the wood a challenge.
    The best site for wood pictures is http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/person...sh%20cedar.htm
    There is a pic there with spots somewhat like the ones you saw.
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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    Very distinctive odor, (cigar boxes were/are made of Spanish Cedar)

    I have seen it used for thwarts, sternsheets and etc. on older pulling boats. It ages somewhat dark in color, and is very light in weight at 29/30 lbs/foot. Pretty nice stuff, but soft and you have to select where you will use it.

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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    Here they mention the pitch marks
    http://www.lmii.com/products/mostly-...ar-neck-blanks
    pvg

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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    Thanks for helping educate me.

    One of the links cautions that the pitch pockets could make it difficult to finish, another seems to dismiss the characteristic as something somewhat cosmetic and easily removed.

    If if I am using the material for a cedar strip canoe, ripping into 1/4 strips, dressed with bead and cove routering, would possible trouble with the finish, likely be a non issue ? Are the characteristics of these pitch pockets such that they are pretty much a surface phenomenon and would be removed with routering?

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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    It would only take a swipe or two with a plane or scraper to see if it's very deep.
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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    it seems a bit odd to use an expensive imported endangered faux cedar for a stripper when you live in a area where domestic cedars and spruces are prevalent
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Dude selling boards on Craigslist

    Another informative site:
    http://www.wood-database.com/spanish-cedar/
    Read the "comments."
    pvg

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