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Forum topic by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 09-21-2010 02:31 PM 2302 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dick, & Barb Cain

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09-21-2010 02:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question spalted wood lathe finishing dick

I recently turned a bowl from some spalted Basswood. I had a heck of a time turning it, because the wood was so soft, & spongy. The fibers would pull out of the wood, no matter how sharp I kept my chisels . The only way I could finally get a decent finish, was sanding, & sanding. I’ve turned a lot of spalted wood before, but this was about the most difficult piece I’ve done. I have some more of this wood, & I’d like to try some sort of treatment first.
I’ll be entering this bowl as a project as soon as I take some pictures of it.
I wonder if anyone has ever tried this?

Here’s the finished bowl.
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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 04:13 PM

Hi Dick;

I haven’t used it personally, but I was told by a turner to give the stuff a try, as it seemed to work for him.

Lee

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 09-21-2010 05:39 PM

Thanks Lee!

I think I’ll give it a try, it has to be better than nothing. It was a long process of sanding. It took me three times longer than usual to finish the bowl, besides Woodcraft has free shipping now.

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 09-21-2010 05:55 PM

I mix white PVA wood glue with water and let it soak in. once dry you get a great finish on my turned bowls. If in a rush a bit of hot air speeds the process. It also tightens up any loose fibre.. I’ve used this on Spalted Beech and I’m going to be doing it on a couple of door panels later today.
Jamie

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 09-21-2010 07:42 PM

Thanks alba!

I’ll give it a try, I didn’t think of that.

I always use PVA glue to treat the ends of my green turning blocks, & have had excellent results with little or no checking.

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