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skeaterbait
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I was at a local sawmill this week and grabbed about 20ft of hard maple. There is a fair bit that has some nice spalting in it that I think would look nice in a handle.

Does spalting compromise the strength of the wood at all?

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Roy from Pa
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Yes it does.
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I thought it probably did. Thanks.

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Spalting is fungal growth. For non-structural, non-stressed uses like handle risers or for under glass use it is usually OK.

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Thank you Pat.

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If you use spalted in a riser be careful as I had the limb bolt inserts tear out of a piece of spalted wood [Tasmanian Sassafras]
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Stabalise it or don't use it in a riser.
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X2 on stabilize it.

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monterey
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Just my opinion, but I like to use a riser wood that is harder than the lam material. It's a gut thing with no factual support.

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I would love to have a way to stabilize it but I am running out of room for the tools I want now, let alone adding another step... [Big Grin]

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you can send it out for stabilization, a lot cheaper tha tooling up with vac pump etc- and is way better, as the big places can pull much higher vacuumes than a home unit can!
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Crooked Stic
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fujimo Where do send your wood out to? Most places I have seen are high priced.

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stickmonkey
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I would suggest checking with Big Jim since he is a sponser as he is stabilizing wood and is already setup for the lenths we need. K&G knife suppy can stabilize wood for you and they do a great job. They do a lot of my hande material for knives.

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KenH
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Spalted is a fancy way of saying "partially rotten by fungus"...

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Roy from Pa
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LOL Ken..
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