Spalted Beech

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Project by Jamie Speirs posted 09-22-2010 06:10 AM 2040 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the Spalted Beech that I treated with a PVA water mix to fix the crumbly fibres.
I let it dry overnight and give it some hot air if needed.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 06:16 AM

wood looks great, cant wait to see what it becomes

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 08:22 AM

Soooooo…... You mixed PVA to water to secure the fibres??
I was just wondering (call me ignorant) What exactly is Spalted, is it when the wood becomes wet and that this is the stain it has left while in the process of rotting
I have just sliced through some birch and it has some small areas and larger areas that the fibres could do with a bit of help. Is there a maximum area you can do this to and what projects after you have done this would the timber be used for?

-- Theresa,

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 11:28 AM

Wow that is some great wood! Very special is the 8/4?, it looks nice and thick.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-22-2010 11:48 AM

Hi Jamie,
It’s amazing! And I guess it’s a bathroom furniture, doors and table with a sink mounted on top of the table! Yes? (looking at the holes).
Do you use preassure to make the process?
I have used wood like that for some knifehandles, but I bought the wood allready made.

For TJ:
This is spaltet birch, when it’s really spaltet (rotten).
Best thoughts to you,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 02:06 PM

Do you mix the PVA 50/50 with water?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 09-23-2010 03:38 AM

Nice! Those look like some awesome cabinet doors or who knows. Half the fun is deciding on what to make and that sometimes takes years!

-- 2Xsurvivor joec in SoCal

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 09-23-2010 10:27 AM

Hi Rivergirl,
I do 25 water 75 glue. It is the only thing I use the white PVA glue for since I had a couple of glue failures with it. I now only use Tightbond, imported here but a wonderful glue. I just need to learn more about it. Hal Taylor has given me some wonderful information on it’s uses and limits.

unfortunately I wont really know the final income of the Spalted Beech. The customer has just brought the timber for me to work for him. I got the top, then using all my resources as a salesman got the plywood frame dimensions. Even then I was only allowed to cut the components not assemble it. :) The picture was me sticking on two corner clamps on to put it together as you and I think it will be. :)
I’m now awaiting the info for the doors. With this customer it is like pulling teeth to get information, he is secretive about everything.
If I get a picture of the finished item I’ll post it.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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