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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Staining a Spaulted Maple Top

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ejm

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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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Feb 8th, 2019 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

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

NO, you *can't* see my underpants...



I'm not wearing any!


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Feb 8th, 2019 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

From doctorate-level discourse to elementary school playground humour in two posts.

THIS is why I love this place :OD

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Toxic Humility
Feb 8th, 2019 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Doctor Doctor pleeeeeeeze...

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Toxic Humility
Feb 15th, 2019 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think the worst of the shrinkage issues were where I got the wood too wet. I distinctly remember one area where this is the case. I think a drier application of stain is prudent.

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Toxic Humility
Feb 15th, 2019 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

See what I did there?

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