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I need advice on how to prepare this wood. #5445566 11/27/14 01:05 PM
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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.

Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®] #5445577 11/27/14 01:18 PM
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good looking stuff

Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®] #5445679 11/27/14 02:30 PM
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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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Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®] #5445699 11/27/14 02:46 PM
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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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Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®] #5445820 11/27/14 03:41 PM
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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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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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Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®] #5445928 11/27/14 04:31 PM
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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.

Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®] #5446130 11/27/14 07:33 PM
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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.

Re: I need advice on how to prepare this wood. [Re: Kev®] #5446633 11/28/14 01:39 AM
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