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Posted on Spalted Maple slabs...first time I cut them and need advice!

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Anthony Finelli

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#1 posted 11-05-2010 06:47 PM

Matt, I can only speak for myself but when I buy slabs I check for spongy material and visable fracture lines. It also depends on the piece that I am looking to build. Sometimes a spot of rot or even a rotten section in the middle of the board can be removed and integrated into a piece for character…I build rustic furniture so many of the people I build for like the wood to have “character” and as long as the rot can be removed and not effect the structural component of the piece I use it. So for me it really comes down to strength of the piece….someone who builds fine furniture or heirloom furniture may have different views on it…

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