Some of the wood in these redwood root burl slabs is pretty punky. Rather than pour $30 worth of CA glue on the punky areas, try this stuff. Saturate the punky areas and wait at least four hours before turning. It WILL darken the wood, but so will any other liquid your apply to this wood.
If you've found something that hardens punky wood, other than CA glue or this stuff, let me know and I'll put the info on this page