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Discussion in 'Homemade Slingshots' started by cromag, Jul 30, 2021.

By cromag on Jul 30, 2021 at 11:29 PM
  1. cromag

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    I really like the look of some of the spalted frames I see but have little access to spalted material , especially in the desert. I have done some reading on the DIY process and I'm tempted to try it on some dead black cherry I have access to. It's not kiln dried , just Sun , and I'm curious if any of you have first hand experience and advice. Is it worth it? How long for good looking material and what size is best etc.? Any suggestions or "don't waste your time":) are welcome!!
     
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Discussion in 'Homemade Slingshots' started by cromag, Jul 30, 2021.

    1. Jim S.

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      Spalted wood gets it dark streaks from a fungus growing in the wood. If you grind spatled wood and inhale the dust you can get from a mild irritation to a life threating lung disorder.
      Spatled wood can be quite striking in appearance but is dangerous to work with. You should were a medical mask , nit just a off the shelf dust mask. You should also protect your eyes . Use adequate precautions and you can make good looking wood with it , just be careful.
       
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      Gotta love the spalted look and easy to find where I'm at. Actually just finished a spalted frame. But like Jim S said you need to be cautious of the spores. If your that interested "someone" could send you some spalted forks[emoji16]

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    3. SLING-N-SHOT

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      Pics Mike, we NEED PICS ! [emoji14]


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      It has been tried with no great success. As suggested it will be better to trade for some.
       
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      You just can't beat mother nature!

      ..where have I heard that before?
       
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    6. Stankard757

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      Hahaha not yet New owner gets it first

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    7. cromag

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      I appreciate you guys talking some sense into me:).
      When the skies clear and I get a chance to dig into the cherry perhaps I'll get lucky and find me some.
       
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      John, I did try it once with a couple pieces of Dogwood that I cut a while back. Sealed the top end with wood glue, and set the unprotected bottom on the bare dirt in a cool damp area of my back yard. After 6 or 8 months, all I got was a bunch of extra bug holes in those pieces. So instead of spalting, it was more like swiss cheese.

      If you have some spare (un-needed) sections of wood, why not try it. But don't count on good results. You won't know unless you do it for yourself. But I do agree that if you really want spalted wood, find it and don't try to grow it.
       
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      Great info hear I knew splaying was a fungus or mold but never took the time or though to consider the need for PPE while working spalted wood thank you gentlemen! Luckily for me I’m on the very wet northeast and just off Lake Ontario at that so finding spalted wood is fairly common, however they almost always atleast for me seem to be compromised structurally :/
       
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    10. Devils son in law

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      Interesting thread. To me it was like finding Birdseye Maple, you just aren't sure what you're going to get till you take the bark off.
       
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    11. Stankard757

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      I look for the larger forks better chance the deeper wood is solid

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