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797 days ago

I have these slabs from spalted hackberry and was hoping for some ideas on what I can do or make out of them, they are 1 1/8th” thick and measure 14” long end and 12” short end, what I’ve come up with so far, table top carousel, small end tables and or a a stool or two, thats about it. Since they have a flat edge not so sure a carousel would work.

Thanks
Blackie

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DamnYankee

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#1 posted 797 days ago

Something with endgrain that’s for sure.

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#2 posted 797 days ago

Glue them together with an alternating darker color, then turn on the lathe, would make an interesting bowl…

Beautiful grain!

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#3 posted 796 days ago

People are always turning bowls.. maybe turning some dinner plates? :D

Okay, just kidding… but it seems a table or stool will be fragile if not backed with something cross grain. How hard is hackberry? Maybe some end grain cutting boards.

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 796 days ago

Oop no lathe

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 796 days ago

hmm endgrain cutting board perhaps? I could square up a bit

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#6 posted 796 days ago

I’ll be keeping an eye on this thread to see what others come up with. After end grain cutting boards, I’m stumped. (pun fully intended)

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BinghamtonEd

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#7 posted 796 days ago

Small bookshelf for trinkets or whatnot. Looks like you’ve got 6 shelves.

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 796 days ago

Actually I wasn’t sure if you could use spalted wood for food products.

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Blackie_

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#9 posted 796 days ago

Great Idea Ed, thanks

For the supports I could use either Walnut, Alder or Maple, brown maple might go well here.

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#10 posted 796 days ago

I’ve no idea about Hackberry as such, but depending on how dry the slices are already, I’d be seriously concerned about future radial splitting as drying takes place.

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Blackie_

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#11 posted 796 days ago

stewart, I have the air drying stickered now, I’m thinking a month they should be ready, hopefully they’ll keep their form without splitting.

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#12 posted 796 days ago

I’m not going to say that they will split, but… they will split (if they’re still wet right now). From the looks of it, it’s already starting.

I have had a few different types of slices like that at different thicknesses and they all ended up splitting eventually. You might want to read what the turners do to insure that the pieces don’t split. I don’t really need cuts like that so I just chalked them up to experimental pieces and moved on.

As for other ideas, they can be used for inlays, small boxes, serving trays, umm…. can’t think of anything else right now.

Good luck on drying those.

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#13 posted 796 days ago

a seating set – as the seat itself…

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#14 posted 796 days ago

Clock faces, and yes they are going to split.

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 796 days ago

I’ve read up on soaking them in denatured alcohol, supposed to replace the water and keep them from splitting.

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