Cutting Spalted Maple Logs

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Blog entry by Brodan posted 04-25-2021 11:31 PM 593 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cut down a red maple over a year and a half ago. ( after having to replace the water main) I saved the wood and had stacked the logs. A couple of weeks ago several lumberjocks recommended that I cut up the logs before they rotted. I cut quite a bit of it today. I must say, the logs were much lighter than when they were freshly cut so they were very manageable.
Since my shop equipment has limited capacity I skim cut with the chainsaw to get somewhat rectangular.

I then planed one side flat. I tuned my planes during the rainy day yesterday, so planing went pretty well.

I then got each piece fairly square on the table saw, knowing that they will move. I didn’t shoot for specific size, just manageable for my equipment and cleaned up on all sides.

Overall about 6 hours work. There were a few soft spots on the end of a couple of pieces but most is solid. Thanks to the advise to cut it before it ruined. I’ve left is stacked on an old picnic table and covered with a tarp. Thinking I’ll leave it covered outside for another month or so and then move it inside to continue drying.

Some of the spalt

Although I’ve not used spalted maple before and don’t have any specific plans, it’s a neat addition to the wood bin.

I’m sure there must be easier ways to harvest wood.

-- Dan, TN

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#1 posted 04-25-2021 11:55 PM

Spalted wood gets the dark lines from a fungus, and it is not good to breath that into your lungs. Be sure to wear a mask and clean up afterward.

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#2 posted 04-26-2021 12:56 AM

oh man you got a real treasure their.beautiful wood.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 04-26-2021 10:00 AM

Knotwyrkin- thanks for the reminder on dust protection

Pottz, thanks, it is pretty. Surprisingly the spalt is distributed throughout. I had read that spalting generally occurred in the bottom several feet of the tree so was surprised.

-- Dan, TN

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