So.... I tried to glue the top dovetails tonight. It was a complete failure. I used Old Brown glue, and I don't think it was hot enough. It gelled up into a sticky mess while I was trying to apply it. I attempted to close the joint anyway, but it wouldn't seat the last 1/32" because of the glue. I ended up knocking it apart and scraping all the glue out of the joint.
I think I'll try again in a day or two. That was not fun. Does anyone else use this stuff? I was going to use it because it's supposed to slide better for the sliding dovetails, but right now I'm not sure about it at all.
Thanks for the quick reply guys... wow... so what i thought was a problem with the refinishing is actually something ... coveted. Glad i posted here before getting upset with the contractor. To me it just looked like smears in the staining application due to human error or something. I saw a few sander marks here and there and thought this was possibly due to that. Anyway, glad i found this forum... found nothing about this topic on google.
If I'm understanding what you're referring to, those markings are ray fleck. It's a characteristic of the wood that shows up in quarter sawn lumber. Oak, particularly white oak is rich in ray fleck, and indeed, that's what makes it so attractive. Your "allegedly oak" floor is most definitely oak, probably red oak, judging by the openness of the pores