coasters from spalted poplar

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Project by moshel posted 1072 days ago 2153 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While helping a friend to cut his firewood, i found a branch of poplar that was heavily spalted. I took a piece home, sliced it on the BS, stabilized it by immersing few times in poly/turps 1:1 until it stopped drinking it, let it dry, sanded a bit, put a layer of poly X 10 and here is the result! I am giving it back to him tomorrow as a b-day present.

I was hoping (as the firewood pile was seasoned and the wood spalted) that it will not check. Alas, it did.

if you are trying to do that – remember that spalted dust is poisonous so take care. thats why I stabilized it but for the BS – wear a mask and use dust extractor.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#1 posted 1072 days ago

Look like slices of fruit…pity it checked…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1072 days ago

you can boil or microwave to prevent the checking, but it usually reduce the contrast of the spalting so i didn’t.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#3 posted 1072 days ago

Very cool, and nice find! He should love it.

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

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#4 posted 1072 days ago

Organic coasters, very cool find Moshel….BC

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#5 posted 1072 days ago

from a distance, they kind of reminded me of oysters in the shells – very cool..

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#6 posted 1072 days ago

Looks very cool. I don’t mind the look of the checking—I think it adds character, but I hope the checking doesn’t compromise the structural integrity

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 1072 days ago

Great pieces and I do appreciate your knowledge on spalted wood. Any larger pieces in that woodpile? Maybe a blog on spalted wood? Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 1072 days ago

Very nice B-day present : )
You made good use of your lucky find !
Thanks for the health warnings related to Spalted wood .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 1071 days ago

To me they look like giant Sushi. Attractive coaster, Moshel.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 1070 days ago

I think the checking is more of a natural feature than a defect.

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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#11 posted 1070 days ago

Are these consecutive slices? If so, you not only have a stack of coasters, you have a puzzle.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#12 posted 1070 days ago

Dave, basically you are right. HOWEVER…. when its not checked it acts better as coaster, as things tend not to spill on the table through the gap. I also like to hope that they will cause people (we,, maybe not people but fellow woodworkers) to wonder why they didn’t check.

JJohnston, true – I didn’t think of it – pretty hard one.

Martyn – you have a point there!

Thank you all for the comments!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#13 posted 1067 days ago

these are cool moshel

and as long
as the check

is in the mail

everything is fine

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 1046 days ago


-- Al Carscadden, Panga Design,

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#15 posted 568 days ago

I second the sushi thing! I actually thought the project was the board they were on – I was thinking ‘geez! Those are tiny pieces of sushi or gigantic coasters!’

I bet your friend really liked these!

-- Steve. Visit my website

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