Spalted Maple

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Blog entry by woodmaker posted 07-12-2012 11:15 PM 2252 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to the Habitat for Humanity on Saturday and saw a stack of lumber on the floor. All you can haul for a dollar a foot. I spotted what looked like spalted maple as it was rough cut lumber about 5/4 and 5-8 inches wide. The longest board is 9 feet.

So this evening I planned it down and look at this!

I really don’t know spalted maple from salty chips, but from what I’ve read and seen pictures of I think it’s maple.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 07-12-2012 11:29 PM

Hard to see in the pics, but it looks like it could be softwood???

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 12:58 AM

Looks like Doug Fir That ’s been on bottom of wet pile, Black mold.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 03:26 AM

It’s definitely spalted…

Spalting is essentially a mold/fungus that grows in the wood. Different types of mold/fungus produce different colorations of spalting.

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like maple to me either, probably douglas fir like Whitewulf said. IMO there isn’t anything wrong with that however…just make sure you wear your respirator when you’re working with it.

If it’s ‘wet’ you will want to let it dry out before you attempt anything with it however. Fine Wood Working has some interesting articles on spalting.

-- Steve

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 12:29 PM

Thanks yall, I knew it was spalted something. I’ll have to break out my wood ID book.
It’s all dry wood, haven’t used the moisture meter on it yet.
It planes like hard wood; doesn’t clog the planner like pine does so it’s hard to tell.
I’ll try and get a better picture later, I’ll hold a board up so you can see it better, it’s mixed in with some PT pine from another project.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 01:06 PM

It’s just that the other boards in that first picture look like dimensional lumber.

I also think it looks like DougFir. I love working with’s a little sturdier than pine.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#6 posted 07-13-2012 01:08 PM

Eek, be careful, friend. You don’t want that stuff in your lungs. It looks pretty friable to me but it’s definitely pretty.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 05:50 AM

In woodwork it’s Spalted, Inside your walls it’s Black Mold.
I aquess.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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