I've got a bookmatched piece of spalt maple that I got on eBay for a bass top. Problem is, it is very soft, almost semi-rotten in certain parts. I complained to the seller and they said keep it, they will just credit my account. Which is cool, but now I'm wondering if there might be a way to use the wood after all. It really looks good, but areas of the figure are very porous and almost as soft as cork. It just turns to dust when I try to plane it. Does anyone have experience with stabilizing wood like this so it can be worked, and if so, how do you do it? Or is it just opening up a can of worms? I appeal to your collective wisdom.