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Leftee
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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, that didn’t work out.

StewyMac dye mixed with denatured alchohol.

The different “sections” of the spault took the dye differently. That’s cool.

Some areas of the top puckered/shrunk. That’s kool in a rustic sorta way. Otherwise, not so great.

What are your experiences, tips and tricks?

At this point I will probably leave this as it is. But I have another spault top waiting in the wings. I’d rather not have this experience with that one.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 08:50 AM, Feb 7th, 2019)

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Feb 7th, 2019 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Spalted maple can be very difficult to work with because of the varying densities across the grain.

The first few times I used it (bowls, picture frames, etc.), I learned it's better to work with it as a thick veneer over a more consistently-solid wood.

It can be tricky stuff.

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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, this is @3/8" cap. I think the other body is veneer.

Well, it is what it is.

The beat-up-o-caster

Charente

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Feb 7th, 2019 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Personally I think that's a work of art (beauty in the eye of the beholder etc).

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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks!

I like it, rustic and all. It’s Amish.

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Feb 7th, 2019 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am no woodworker.
IMO a properly done spalted maple finish looks awesome.

But (from the Warmoth web site):

"This wood is actually the product of a dead or decaying tree. The dark lines are created by fungal attack. This wood is soft and punky and is only used as a thin laminate bookmatched top on flat top bodies with binding. Spalt is difficult to finish as it soaks up a lot of finish. Don't even think about doing a "do-it-yourself" finish on this stuff. Each piece of Spalted maple is quite unique. It looks awesome with a tobacco burst finish."

If you do a Google search for.....

guitar spalted maple tobacco burst

......lots of neat images/pictures come up.

(This message was last edited by ejm at 10:50 AM, Feb 7th, 2019)

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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

“Don't even think about doing a "do-it-yourself" finish on this stuff.“

LOL

Yep!!!

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Feb 7th, 2019 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

There are a few ways to lick this problemo.

One is to stain it the way you want, and then pour a clear A/B epoxy finish. It self-levels and makes the softer areas of the wood extremely durable. The epoxy can be sanded level and polished to a mirror shine.

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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I thought about a pour-over type solution.

Honestly, I think I’ll just leave it. It’s a heavy body.

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Feb 7th, 2019 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think I would try to sand more of the blue dye away to make it a very light "faded jeans" appearance. Or remove it completely. That is one beautiful piece of wood.

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Feb 7th, 2019 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think it looks very cool!!!

Leftee, I'm curious about how you worked with the spalted wood- I've read that the mold spores from the dust of working with spalted wood can be hazardous to health- did you have to take any special precautions when sanding, etc?

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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

A face mask when sanding. I also ran my shop vac and had it set up to suck the sawdust away from me.

1600 - great point!

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Feb 7th, 2019 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I kind of like it. The colors are great. Looks like an abstract painting.

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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

That’s kinda the cool thing. The spault lines segregate the wood (and stain)nicely. I like it for what it is.

Plus, I’ll ways be able to ID it on the pawn shop wall.

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Feb 7th, 2019 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I little off topic but... I really had to fight this piece of spalted elm. I used plenty of superglue and also a bit of the minwax wood hardener. Very punky and very hard to turn but I kept thinking there would be a nice vase in there. Can't use those hardeners if you are going to dye though. I love the look of spalted woods.

Spalted Elm

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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is awesome! Beautiful!

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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just doubled down on the rough look and applied tung oil.

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Feb 7th, 2019 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Leftee, I think it looks great too.
I understand how it may not be what you had in your head (this happens to me regularly) but very cool just the same.

It makes me think of an ancient map. (except North is South and... well you know where I 'm going there!)

Can't wait to see the finished product. Get lots of clear on there and get buffin'!!!


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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Our posts crossed in the mail, Mick. No clear. Tung Oil.

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Toxic Humility
Feb 7th, 2019 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

"It makes me think of an ancient map."

"I see England, I see France..."

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