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Here is a little project I worked on yesterday.
It came from a tree a little too close to a friend's shop. Last Jan., he had an episode with his burn barrel, Christmas paper, and shop. The shop lost and so did the tree. It all worked out though he wanted a new and I wanted his maple tree. All in good humor, there wasn't anything in his shop at the time.

I worked on this box for quite a while yesterday, the main task was in sanding. I showed the close up on the top, because if you look at the center about a third of the way out starting just inside the first black line out, I guess you call it checking or tear out or ???
How do you stop it? If I kept sanding the top would be too thin. I had sharpened my gouge and round nose scrape earlier.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-01-2008, 10:41 PM
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I'm sorry that I don't have an answer to your question, but I just had to say that I love this project. That wood is awesome.
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I dont have an answer, but I do love the box. Great job.

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Well I do have an answer. I've been through that. There are several ways to deal with spalted wood that is punky. The first thing to try when you are turning the piece is to coat the area with paste wax, sharpen your tool and then take a really light pass or two to see if that's going to clean it up. As always on wood prone to tearout use a very light forward cut of the tool. If you force the cut at all it will tear out.
If that doesn't work try soaking the piece with thinned lacquer. I thin it 50 percent. It sometimes takes a bunch of coats because it will soak it. Let it harden and then you should be OK.
Another option that I have read about but never tried is to soak it overnight in a solution of white glue diluted 50 percent with water. Then let it dry which might take another day. I find the lacquer much faster but the glue might actually harden more of the wood.
good job on that box. It's really sweet.
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Thanks, I intend to try the lacquer tomorrow.
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