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Spalted Walnut Help

I recently came across a walnut board, 7 inches wide, 1.25 inches thick, about 6 feet long. A good section of it from the edges to around 3 inches in on each side is heavily spalted. For the most part it feels solild but there are a few punky spots. What is the best way to harden these areas up. Ive heard of using CA but it can cause issues when finishing. Also I would like to resaw it into two pieces and make a music box from it. Should i treat it before or after resawing. Ive never dealt with spalted wood before. Thanks.


the pics dont show the heavily spalted area, I will try and take some more soon to add on here. Just got the side profile and the piece that Im going to use for the box lid.
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That's a great find. I thought spalted walnut was hard to get. I dunno.
Anything you do with it will be nice.

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Yeah, me and a buddy put in through the planer and were amazed to see it. First time we have ever come across spalting in walnut. Heard of it but never personally seen it.
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Re-saw it make some book matched boxes. Out of it. You could make a few out of that. Do you have more or just that?

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Just this board for now. However, there are more boards from this tree in the same barn. Around 45 or so. Going back this weekend with a trailer as they are 13 to 20ft long. I only got to bring back what could fit in our Tahoe this weekend. The other board I brought back has no spalting but has the same kind of grain pattern in the heartwood down the entire length. Really nice stuff.
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That's beautiful. I hope you get lucky and find some more, but if not that's a treasure right there. I can't help you with the hardening process; I've heard of the CA method too but have never tried it. There are products out there that allegedly harden up punky areas, but again, I've never tried any.
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Just this board for now. However, there are more boards from this tree in the same barn. Around 45 or so. Going back this weekend with a trailer as they are 13 to 20ft long. I only got to bring back what could fit in our Tahoe this weekend. The other board I brought back has no spalting but has the same kind of grain pattern in the heartwood down the entire length. Really nice stuff.
Knowing that. That opens up a whole array of opportunities, if you can get more I see tables,boxes,benches,beds,cabinets,the list goes on. Lol.
Hope to see some finished projects.

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Knowing that. That opens up a whole array of opportunities, if you can get more I see tables,boxes,benches,beds,cabinets,the list goes on. Lol.
Hope to see some finished projects.

I've used the minwax hardner in the link i'll attach and it works very well,but i have painted the board , so i don't know how it would affect finishing your box,i would assume it would be okay,but then never assume anything, but you could try it on a small scrap and see the results.

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thanks, I'll give that a try before I resaw it. Makes me nervous even trying to resaw this board, just because it probably one of the nicest looking peices ive come across. Should turn out fine though, buddy of mine is very good at resawing. Thanks for the help.
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Yeah, Im anxious to get back there this weekend. Will post pics of what i find if its something worth oggling over. One piece in the barn looks like good turning material in the rough, keeping fingers crossed.
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Re-saw it make some book matched boxes. Out of it. You could make a few out of that. Do you have more or just that?

Updated pics on the spalting on that board. Also found some more spalted 13 ft, 1.5 x 9 inch in the barn this weekend. havent had a chance to plane it down any to get a good look at the condition yet.
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