Spalted Curly Maple Plank

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Project by woodrookieII posted 02-21-2020 06:53 PM 748 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 5 or 6 years ago I was given 4 spalted curly maple planks (8 1/2×21) from a luthier whom stated he had no need for them.

I finally got up the courage to cut one up! And here’s the result. Two little boxes!

Having never worked with spalted woods before, I was surprised at how soft and fragile it seemed. So before I started I coated the plank with several liberal coats of tung oil which seems to have help the wood maintain it’s integrity.

Black walnut lids and little brass knobs finished them off. We’ll see how folks like them at the next show before I use up the other planks.


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#1 posted 02-21-2020 07:12 PM

Beautiful grain matching around the box. Nice job!

-- Rich

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#2 posted 02-21-2020 08:48 PM

Nice work! I like the look of the spalted maple and you did a great job of wrapping the grain around the box. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 02-21-2020 09:16 PM

Excellent job matching grain around the box

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#4 posted 02-21-2020 09:38 PM

Thanks gang!


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#5 posted 02-21-2020 09:56 PM

Really nice looking wood. I love that grain wrap. Excellent use of this fine wood.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 02-22-2020 02:09 AM

Thanks SteveN.


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#7 posted 02-22-2020 01:09 PM

You have masterd the wrap around grain! I can be a little nerve wracking working with such a beautiful piece of lumber. Great job

-- Petey

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#8 posted 02-22-2020 03:24 PM


At first I thought the lead photo was of a chunk of wood with the bandsaw blade marks still visible, lots of fine character there!

That grain wrap is critical with wood like this and you nailed it! (without the use of nails I might add 8^)

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#9 posted 02-23-2020 01:13 AM

Thanks folks for the nice comments.


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#10 posted 02-23-2020 03:27 AM

Very nice.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 02-25-2020 06:52 PM

Looks great! When I’ve used spalted maple in the past that was getting a little punky, I’ve stabilized with Hot Stuff thin crazy glue.

-- Darrel

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#12 posted 02-25-2020 09:20 PM

Holy crap. This is so awesome. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen spalted curly maple before. Those lids and the brass knobs are pure class.

-- Matt - Colorado

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