just bought a few blanks and hear turning spalted wood can be difficult due to soft bits. Anyone got some advice about what to use to fill these damaged areas (leaving some for decoration) and at what point in the turning process?
The best way to turn spalted woods, is to use a very sharp tool with fine smooth cuts. You need to minimise as much sanding as possible.
If you find that you have soft areas that you are having trouble with, then the first point of call would be to soak the area in sanding sealer, let this dry and try again. This works for both cutting the wood with the tool and sanding.
Another way is to flood the area with CA (super glue) this will make the soft area hard.
You could also enhance the area with epoxy resin and metal fillers, this is best done once the basic shape is turned. Then fill the area with the epoxy mix. Make your final finishing cuts & then sand.
So glad I found this topic, got a couple of Sycamore blanks (spalted of course which is why I’m commenting) and as read in Eds post found a rather soft patch. I did think of CA aka Super glue (Dm Dm Dmmm) but wanted to make sure. 🙂
I cut tons of cutting boards each year. I have lots of waste material in each panel that I cut the blanks from. Instead of throwing that waste away I process it into pen blanks and turning blanks. I offer them for sale at a good price to local and other turners. This way it helps to cut down on my waste and helps pay for the wood that I used. This material would normally be waste, now it is a profit.
By the way if any of you would like some pen blanks let me know. Currently I have walnut, Maple, and muti-colored wood pen blanks.
Hi, I have also used “Ronseal rot hardener” products in these areas especially good if the wood is still wet. It does however need to be left for a couple of hours from application to truly harden. Take care to make sure there is enough applied to allow it to soak well in.