How do I treat a spalted beech slab???!!!!

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Very new to working with wood. have managed to get hold of a slab of spalted beech, however it has not been kiln dried and I am worried that the fungus will eventually consume it. How do I treat it before using for coffee table? will oiling/waxing stop the fungus growth?
suggestions are very much needed and welcome.
Cheers everyone
ps: finding slabs in the north of england is not an easy feat!

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#1 posted 611 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s

I have never treated slabs other than to keep them dry and protected.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 611 days ago

If it is dry enough to make furniture it is too dry for fungal life. Quit worrying and make something nice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 611 days ago

Just keep it dry, off the ground, and you’ll be good to go.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#4 posted 611 days ago

not to be nosy… but how bout a pic just for fun. I love spalted wood. And 2nds on what has been said. It needs to be pretty most to keep the fungus growing.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#5 posted 611 days ago

I use super glue to help make the soft wood more durable. It is thin enough to penetrate pretty good if the wood is dry.

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#6 posted 611 days ago

The fungus cannot live in dry wood as has been stated.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#7 posted 611 days ago

Cheers guys for all your comments. Will now crack on with coffee table and hopefully post some pics soon!

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