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Project by schroeder posted 2512 days ago 2671 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last of 5 frames I’m building for my friends. I used spalted alder that I had milled from the same friends wood lot. Essentially I let the logs lay through two winters and cut them in the third summer – kind of a formula that I’ve worked out for the local Climate – this generally gives good spalting without actually rotting.

I thought it looked cool – so thought I’d post it.
Schroeder

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe





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jude

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#1 posted 2512 days ago

what exactly is spalting?

-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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Bill

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#2 posted 2511 days ago

Nice work Schroeder. Uhm, the dog in the mirror looks possessed, with those glowing eyes!

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 2511 days ago

Very nice, Schroeder! Love the wood!

Jude, spalting is actually the first sign that the wood is beginning the process of rotting. It generally leave a pattern of dark lines in the wood that can be extremely interesting and beautiful.

See here behind the pendulum for a good example: http://www.loyno.edu/~cbmarsh/clock.htm

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 2511 days ago

Very nice.

Does your formula get adjusted by species?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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schroeder

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#5 posted 2511 days ago

Thanks all! – Jude, What Charlie said! (nice use of spalted and beautiful clock by the way Charlie!) Bob, Not really adjusted by species, just depends on how severe the winter is and if the logs are resting on the ground or not…(lota thumb sucking, gnashing of teeth whilst trying to guess when to saw them open)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Dadoo

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#6 posted 2511 days ago

Excellent use of spalted lumber. The hippie down the road dropped an old maple that had died years ago and found that it had spalted almost thru-out. He had it milled and used the wood as interior trim for his entire house. Definately a sight to see.

Oh! I have one of those big brown chocolate dust magnets too! And he just loves spending time in the LAB with his Dadoo!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 2511 days ago

and since the “spalted” wood contains mold (that’s the right word, I hope)... be extra careful with eyes and lungs when working with it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Don

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#8 posted 2511 days ago

Debbie is right. Here’s more info.

http://www.thewoodbox.com/data/wood/spaltedinfo.htm
http://www.woodturninglearn.net/articles/spaltedwood.htm
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/forestry/forestry/industries/spaltedwood/tabid/5255/Default.aspx

The above links are interesting, but if you want to read an article I placed in my blog some time ago that really drives the point home for me, read this.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Don

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#9 posted 2511 days ago

Sorry Schroeder. I forgot to mention that I liked your mirror. Nice work and interesting photographs.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Drew1House

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#10 posted 2511 days ago

Very nice… I love the wook Schroeder… It is beautiful… I have some spalted Maple I just have to choose what project to use it for.

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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MikeB

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#11 posted 2511 days ago

nice, spalting was different than what I expected, but very nice… love the dog in the last shot!

-- MikeB, Aurora, Oregon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2511 days ago

Very nice work schroeder!

Watch out for the dust!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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David

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#13 posted 2511 days ago

Schroeder -

Excellent work! I always like stuff that comes out of your shop! Be careful with the spalted wood . . . looks beautiful.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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dennis mitchell

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#14 posted 2507 days ago

Hum spalted alder? I’d love to see that one in person. Nice work!

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