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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Leeds, AL

    Spalted Maple

    Spalted Maple can sometimes produce tearout that is a PITA to deal with. This one was no exception. But, I gave it a good soaking with Minwax Wood Hardner and that seemed to do the trick. This one absorbed a lot of finish, and I cannot remember exactly how many coats it took. At least 3 coats of DO and at least 3 of poly, then Beall buffing, and I finally got the glass-looking surface I was after. 5" x 3.5".

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Xenia, Ohio
    Me likey! I agree, spalted stuff can be a pain. I'm finding that getting close to shape and then some 80 grit sand paper works getting rid of tear out.

  3. #3
    Nice work. I've turned quite a few spalted sycamore bowls, which both tear out and absorb finish in much the same way. Looks like you did a good job with this one.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    One way or another, it looks like you got a handle on the tearout. Another nice addition to the sales table, huh?
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Great looking wood and form. Well Done.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Krum Texas
    Very nice! Love the form and the finish is just beautiful.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2007
    Decatur, Illinois
    great looking bowl and good job on the photography too.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Mark that is a great looking bowl out of some great wood. Well done.
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