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ScaredyCat

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I've never worked with spalted wood before but I've managed to snag some spalted maple.

Is there anything I need to be aware of in particular when working with spalted woods, particularly maple? I'll be making a box for my dog's ashes so it wont be subjected to much stress/ strain at all.

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Firstly, sorry to hear about your dog.

Spalted maple in my experience generally works well. Can be a bit problematic planing, as the hardness is quite variable, so don't go at it too hard. Sands and finishes well. Post pictures of how it goes.
 

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I think turners are the ones to ask about this. I've done a bit with spalted sycamore, and was told that the dust is really dangerous as it still contains spores from the fungus which did the spalting. You might think about wearing a mask throughout the build. My wood was so far gone that I could hardly use a blade on it at all, and had to sand everything.
 

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MikeG.":2lpqej9d said:
I think turners are the ones to ask about this. I've done a bit with spalted sycamore, and was told that the dust is really dangerous as it still contains spores from the fungus which did the spalting. You might think about wearing a mask throughout the build. My wood was so far gone that I could hardly use a blade on it at all, and had to sand everything.
Urban myth Mike.
Dr Sara Robinson is a professor of spalting at Oregan State university.
The video is interesting to anyone wanting to know the basics of spalting but she answers the specific question at 11 minutes
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWedsgkoxYY
 

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Robbo3":3dn2qojk said:
MikeG.":3dn2qojk said:
I think turners are the ones to ask about this. I've done a bit with spalted sycamore, and was told that the dust is really dangerous as it still contains spores from the fungus which did the spalting. You might think about wearing a mask throughout the build. My wood was so far gone that I could hardly use a blade on it at all, and had to sand everything.
Urban myth Mike.
Dr Sara Robinson is a professor of spalting at Oregan State university.
The video is interesting to anyone wanting to know the basics of spalting but she answers the specific question at 11 minutes
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWedsgkoxYY
Interesting, thanks.
 
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