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Spalted Apple?

by paratrooper34
posted 11-05-2016 11:28 PM


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theoldfart

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#1 posted 11-05-2016 11:48 PM

Mike, got me. If it feels solid I would go ahead and use it. Any concerns with any living creatures still in it? Good to see you posting again.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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paratrooper34

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#2 posted 11-05-2016 11:56 PM



Mike, got me. If it feels solid I would go ahead and use it. Any concerns with any living creatures still in it? Good to see you posting again.

- theoldfart

Thanks. Woodworking took a back seat for awhile as I deal with life. Health, my Dad’s passing, and a 1972 Triumph Trident restoration pulled me away.

I haven’t seen any live bugs in the wood. I found a couple of dead ones when I cut some up for the smoker. Made some great ribs though!

-- Mike

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#3 posted 11-06-2016 12:10 AM

Sorry to hear about your Dad. Looking forward to seeing the saw handle. Keep on posting.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Handtooler

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#4 posted 11-06-2016 12:13 AM

Looks beautiful! If none is punky then handles will be a great use.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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paratrooper34

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#5 posted 11-06-2016 12:31 AM



Looks beautiful! If none is punky then handles will be a great use.

- Handtooler

Thanks Russell. I did check it for that, and everything looks solid to me. Wish I had some bigger pieces, it has some really nice figure to it.

-- Mike

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#6 posted 11-06-2016 12:39 AM



Sorry to hear about your Dad. Looking forward to seeing the saw handle. Keep on posting.

- theoldfart

Thank you!

-- Mike

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Lazyman

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#7 posted 11-06-2016 04:46 AM

It might be ambrosia beetles. There are several varieties and they bore into the wood of many species of dead and dying trees to lay eggs. In the process, the beetles also transfer a fungus that grows along the tunnels. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae eat the fungus, pupate and then move on to another tree to start the whole process again. The fungus will continue to grow into the wood, giving the spalted pattern. My understanding is that the ambrosia beetles don’t actually kill the tree, they attack the trees that are already dead or dying.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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