Spalted Maple Bandsaw Box

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Project by PocketHole69 posted 01-17-2011 12:26 AM 3766 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been trying to make a small woodworking project every weekend as a stress reliever. I went down to The Wood Yard Saturday morning and saw a small hunk of spalted maple for turners and thought it would make a neat bandsaw box, so here it is.

I only spent about 3 hours on the box including glue-up. Looking closely at the finished product I should have spent several more hours sanding, but all in all it turned out OK for a quick weekend stress reliever project.

I had no idea spalted maple was such a pain in the ass to work with when I bought the piece of wood, so this was a learning experience. I ended up stabilizing a few of the really soft places with some instant CA glue (super glue) and then gently sanding most of it by hand to avoid tearing it up.

I finished it with several coats of spray on shellac. I’ve read that a varnish or poly finish is more durable on spalted maple, but I’ve got a pregnant wife in the house and wanted something completely non-toxic and without a bunch of fumes.

I’m going to paint the inside with some black acrylic and flock it once its set up for a couple days.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 12:37 AM

Great looking wood just about trumps everything. Wonderful little box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 12:59 AM

Very nice. Spalted maple is a pain. Simple and well done, good work.

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 01:02 AM

That’s a burl box with a good amount of character.

I like that you used shellac as well, putting the baby-on-the-way before the bandsaw box.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 01:04 AM

very cool use of a amazing looking turning blank

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 01:11 AM

if you didn’t tell me this was wood, i would assume it was some kind of stone… it looks so awesome!

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 01:14 AM

In spite of the pain working with spalted maple you have succeeded in making a very nice bandsawn box, well done!

Tony Ward

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 01:27 AM

Wow, astounding wood!

-- Smitty

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 02:02 AM

That is a beautiful box and an awesome piece of spalted maple….top notch!

-- -=Den

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bill merritt

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#9 posted 01-17-2011 03:32 AM

Good job, I like the wood (don’t care where you got it) . Keep thinking outside of the box. Good finish too.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#10 posted 01-17-2011 03:46 AM

That is some good looking wood. Nice job on making it into a box. Good plan for a weekend stress relievers.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 01-17-2011 05:37 AM

Well done the wood look great. Great job!

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

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#12 posted 01-17-2011 06:46 AM

Great job. I just cut some wood very similar to that. You must have a good wood source to find that piece. I got mine from Greg at Oregon Burl. I hope you wore a good dust mask or respirator. That stuff gets my sinuses in a bad way. I may have to try Shellac on my box. Watco Oil just disappears into it.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#13 posted 01-17-2011 07:09 AM

Love the look, great idea.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#14 posted 01-17-2011 10:26 AM

Wonderful! Spalted woods, sure a love/hate relationship.

BTW, how many wives do you have at home? ;p

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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