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Colleagues: picked up a piece of spalted wood and am considering utilizing it for a panel in a box lid and possibly the box bottom.

Question I have is: what finish??

Anyone have any ideas or experience finishing spalted wood? Thanks....
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If you stain it dark you'll probably lose some of the look of it. I've always chosen to just go with clear or regular (slightly yellow) to keep the look. You can spalt your own wood if you want. I did some by accident by covering some boards with planer chips which got wet from a roof that I didn't know leaked. After about two months or so the wood was spalted.

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I use it all the time. I don't stain wood. I finish it the same as I do any wood. Sometimes I put a couple coats of cut 50/50 shellac and denatured alcohol, or polyurethane that is 50/50 mineral spirits that I put on with the blue paper shop towels, or I put an oil / poly finish (1/3 gloss poly, 1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 mineral spirits). On the last I wait at 24 hours between coats to all it to cure. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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Colleagues: picked up a piece of spalted wood and am considering utilizing it for a panel in a box lid and possibly the box bottom.

Question I have is: what finish??

Anyone have any ideas or experience finishing spalted wood? Thanks....
Ray, I just use water based Poly it doesn't seem to change the color. here are some spalted apple pices I made.

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that's some fine work Herb..
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Herb and Malcolm , both your work looks incredible !
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Welcome back Herb!!!

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If no one else mentioned it yet, 100% Tung oil. I prefer it over Linseed even though they share a lot of traits. They bring out depth and color, highlight medullary rays like no tomorrow. If the item (whatever it is), is to be/stay outside then Linseed oil.

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