Spalted Maple wood, do I need to stabilize

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Forum topic by Michigander posted 12-16-2014 10:08 PM 1407 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2014 10:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spalted maple

I hope I didn’t screw up
I purchased Spalted Maple wood for a table for my son and his wife’s wedding present. It has many fine line black “spalted” marks and generally feels quite hard. I started glue up today and had no issues, it ripped well and the glue up and clamping went well. It occurred to me from reading some comments on Spalted maple that I may need to stabilize this wood to make it as hard.
I’d like to know what you think.
 photo SpaltedMapleGlueup.jpg

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 10:37 PM

Some might recommend a product like Minwax Wood Hardener, not sure I would.

Think couple coats of poly will serve you well.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 12:09 AM

If it is not punkie, soft or splintery you will be fine. Treat it like any other maple and enjoy the beauty.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 04:49 AM

If small areas are punky you could try CA glue (crazy glue).

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 05:41 PM

Thanks guys, for the most part it is like normal maple. There was one spot that was soft that I cut out. Ill look into the CR glue if I find a spot that is soft.

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