Zebra wood gum pockets and routing
1) What can I fill zebra wood gum pockets with the finish most likely shellac?
My glue-ups will end up as irregularly shaped pieces 46" long and up to 16" wide, so cutting around them is not a viable option and finding other boards probably wouldn't work since I went with the only local source and want my wife to approve grain + color choice which doesn't seem to be an option online.
The attached image is the worst example in my boards.
2) How paranoid do I need to be about routing to match a curved pattern?
I'm paranoid enough to trim within 1/16" using my jig saw and to route 'down-hill' across the grain on the curves
<- route this way
<- not this way
I have a 1/2" diameter solid carbide spiral flute flush trim bit which I could use for everything if I remount my pattern on the opposite side of the work although that means dealing with re-alignment of the 4' x 16" pattern.
I have a 1 1/8" diameter straight fluted pattern bit I can use while keeping the pattern anchored to the same size. There aren't any grain reversals where that would be a problem although I've yet to route zebra wood.
I'm not adverse to buying a 3/4" diameter shear cutting pattern bit if that would do the trick.
Attached image is my current set of side panels (Linkwitz Orion) in a red painted finish that I'll be replacing with the zebra wood .
Last edited by Drew Eckhardt; 10-20-2011 at 09:36 PM.