I bought a beautiful 67" long board of spalted maple on eBay to use as
drawer fronts for a chest I'm building. Wood arrived yesterday and it
is gorgeous. There are a couple of small soft spots in the figuring,
places that feel a little spongey or like cork. Is there some way I
can stabilize these or harden them so they won't further deteriorate?
What about taking a finish after doing that (whatever "that" is)? I
don't know how deep the softness goes, but I'll be thicknessing this
board down to 3/4" from 1 1/8". Will that get me past it? Thanks for
Like joe said - use CA glue. (Order it online or at a local woodworking
shop - borgs dont carry it (or at least mine dont)
Take a look in the woodturning newsgroups for some great instructions on
exactly how to use it.
No, although the two are sometimes found in the same board. Spalt is a
discoloration caused by a fungus. In maple, it most often manifests itself as
dramatic irregular dark lines through the board.
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
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