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Blog entry by Christina Rytter posted 11-18-2008 02:41 AM 10262 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Check out these spalted maple guitar tops.
This has to be my all time favorite wood. I just love the character and detail. I think I would use this wood for a small cabinet instead of a guitar… or maybe even a small box.

-- Christina, British Columbia, Canada

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#1 posted 11-18-2008 03:05 AM

Welcome Christina. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#2 posted 11-18-2008 04:06 AM

I think advertisers normally pay to do so on this site…..Veiled or not…I’d contact Martin so as not to run afoul of any policies…...

Nothing worse than these lame attempts to get something for nothing….under the guise of a friendly post…..


-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#3 posted 11-18-2008 04:53 AM

Very pretty! I think my log is pretty spalted by now [See:]. The fungus has dried up some. Now I need to keep it dry and maybe cut into it someday soon.

I’m actually partial to Quilted Maple and the Tiger Striped maples. Just can’t get enough of this stuff!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 11-18-2008 06:22 AM

Did you do that ??? Amazing… I think my logs are pretty spalted by now also…I reckon it is milling time :)

Thanx very much…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#5 posted 11-18-2008 12:19 PM

That will make an awesome guitar.

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#6 posted 11-18-2008 02:50 PM

I like spalted maple too. I have made some guitar tops myself…well sort of. I am no luthier this was the start of a wall clock for a guitar playing friend of mine. (kinda curly too)

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#7 posted 11-18-2008 05:15 PM

WOW beautiful!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 11-18-2008 11:58 PM

Interesting. Being a novice, I wasn’t even familiar with the term ‘spalted’. How durable is the wood going to be? Or does the lacquer which goes over it tend to make up for any flaws in the wood?


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Christina Rytter

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#9 posted 11-19-2008 12:05 PM

I think an epoxy would strengthen any weak areas in the wood, but I don’t really have any experience with that. I just love the look of the wood. A friend of mine made me a cabinet for my bathroom out of spalted maple and quilted maple and I don’t think he used anything other than a tung oil finish. I’m not sure what the guitar builders use, but it would be interesting to find out.

-- Christina, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 11-24-2008 04:03 PM

Beautiful wood Christina! Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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