Spalted Pecan Tray

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Project by Tim Kindrick posted 05-31-2011 02:55 AM 3141 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently made this serving tray to highlight the spalted pecan wood. I got the pecan wood from a family friend a few years ago. He owns a pecan orchard and was cutting up some old trees into lumber so that he could have it milled into flooring for his house. I helped him cut some of the trees up one day so he gave me a few slabs. I didn’t have a place to properly dry the wood so I tossed it on an old wood pile outside and forgot about it for almost a year. Last year, I brought one plank into my shop and let it dry out completely. While jointing and planing it, I noticed that it had attained a spalling fungus. At first, I didn’t like the look of this spalted wood but once I cut it to size, I had a change of heart.

I cut everything,except the sides and handles, into 3/8” X 1 9/16” strips and used tongue and groove to make the bottom. The sides and handles were cut 1/2” X 1 9/16”. I then set the bottom into grooves and added the handles on top of the sides using #10 bisquits. I shaped all of the edges by hand with 100 grit sandpaper. I designed this “on-the-fly” with the limited wood that I had on-hand but it ended up having a very Danish modern look to it. The bottom almost has the look of granite now that I finished it!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 03:26 AM

This is a beauty! I dont really know what more to say. The wood is outstanding, spalting and all!

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 04:02 AM

I’m glad you had a change of heart – that wood is mesmerizing, and probably at its best in a clean, modern design. Really nice work.

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 04:09 AM

I agree with Wayne. The wood is outstanding. Nicely done.

-- Jeff, Look with hope to the horizon of today, for today is all we truly have.

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#4 posted 07-02-2011 06:18 AM

it is beautiful! -very nice selections! -you are right; spalting narrows an already fine line between messed up and beautiful! Sometimes i look at a piece and think it is firewood, then my man sticks it in the splitter and i look over and have to run and snatch it up before it goes in the fire pile! It gets hard to discern the pile i refuse to let go of and the fire pile! -This year,s cherry was a really tough batch of fire fodder to try not to hoard too much of.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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