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#5445566 - 11/27/14 07:05 AM I need advice on how to prepare this wood.
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My neighbor had this old hackberry tree cut down yesterday, I want to save as much of the spalt as possible.

Does anyone have recommendations on how to go about this?




thanks for any advice.
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#5445577 - 11/27/14 07:18 AM Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®]
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good looking stuff

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#5445679 - 11/27/14 08:30 AM Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®]
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I had artisan friends in Colorado that would work with that wood (spalted), they would even make the process happen somehow. they also worked with burls. All I recall is they would keep them indoors and dry them out, then work them into whatever they where making. Sorry I cant give more details, that is all I remember, watched them work more than anything. I do know they kept the wood inside for quite some time though.
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#5445699 - 11/27/14 08:46 AM Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®]
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That's going to make a lot of nice knife scales! I'd cut out the spalted areas that I wanted to keep and then seal them with a wood sealer and store them in a warm dry place so that they can dry very slowly. If they dry to fast they are prone to split and crack. They will probably need to dry for a couple years unless you cut them into smaller pieces.
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#5445820 - 11/27/14 09:41 AM Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®]
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Go to Woodcraft in Farmers Branch and get some wood sealer. You need to seal the open ends and you have a lot of open ends. Use paint if nothing else but do it quick. That will start checking rapidly.

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#5445826 - 11/27/14 09:44 AM Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: msryrs]
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Originally Posted By: msryrs
Go to Woodcraft in Farmers Branch and get some wood sealer. You need to seal the open ends and you have a lot of open ends. Use paint if nothing else but do it quick. That will start checking rapidly.

I'm headed there tomorrow to pick up a gallon of anchorseal. We have one in Plano.

Thanks


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#5445928 - 11/27/14 10:31 AM Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®]
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Spaulted wood is actually decaying wood and is generally pretty soft. I would cut off most of the white wood then crosscut all the spault once it dries as Mike said. It will need to be stabilized before going on a blade.
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#5446130 - 11/27/14 01:33 PM Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®]
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Cut into into pieces while green about 2x the finished size then place in a paper bag of rice. Leave for a few weeks then pack the pieces up and send to a vacuum stabilizing company. Woodcraft sells a vacuum kit but a commercial company will do a much better job.

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#5446633 - 11/27/14 07:39 PM Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®]
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Woodcraft in FB id gone

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