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12-05-2017 02:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: spalted question oak maple

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I cut the remaining pieces up this weekend. I only cut 2 good pieces to total square. I think some is maple and some is oak. Can anyone confirm if I am right?

They have been sitting for years and I had forgotten about them. I’m really not sure what I am going to do with them yet. I wish I knew how to turn pens – or anything for that matter.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 03:04 AM

Spalted wood is great for making decorative accents with. You can use it for accents, box tops, and many other things. It’s very expensive to buy, so you have quite a haul there!

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 03:18 AM

Jerry, thanks for the idea about accents. I am sure I will find something to use it with/for.

I think I and going to take a chunk to the local pen turners club and try to barter something. Maybe you can have 7 pen blanks if you make me 2 pens (leaving them 5). I don’t know, I will play it by ear.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#3 posted 12-05-2017 04:46 AM


looks like you will need some clear epoxy. as some of it looks punky?

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#4 posted 12-05-2017 06:15 AM

Looks like termite damage. Make sure none are still active.


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#5 posted 12-05-2017 06:36 AM

I will discard and punky wood. I wouldn’t even begin to know how to, or want to, epoxy anything.

I really just wanted to see how they looked. PS – no active termites. There are three really good pieces.

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#6 posted 12-05-2017 11:50 AM

Think will be surprised how much of that spalted wood is useable or unuseable. Some can be turned and some will need to be stabilized and some just thrown away.

Couple different methods of stablizing wood, some people use polyurethane and other use resins. My find a club member set up to stabilize wood and willing to help you out. Or may recommend sending those pieces that need stabilizing out to be done. Neither home made kits & supplies cheap nor sending it out to be done.

I have used CA glue while turning to stiffing of stablized wood. If that didn’t work tossed the pen blank or other turning. Have turned a lot different items from spalted wood over the years. So know what can turn and throw away, usually find out when processing wood into pen, spindle or bowl blanks.

I don’t worry about insect holes in spalted wood, think have a pencil cup shown on my projects page do have couple pens and candle holders and some other items with small amounts of spalting.

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