Ambrosia-birdseye maple #1: The Boards

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 11-17-2011 12:43 AM 2682 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I went to the lumberyard the other day with a detailed list of what I needed to complete my Christmas orders.
Then I go and find this. Needless to say I did not get everything on my list, since every penny was accounted for. I will be making the 2 hour round trip to pick up the remainder of my list soon, but I could not pass this up. Coming in at $20, I got two boards 6” X 72” and surfaced to 13/16. I normally buy in the rough and mill it down myself (I like the surprise) but as I said, I could not pass these up.

I have been asked to do a blog on my epoxy inlays, so I figured I would practice by doing one about the journey of these boards into boxes. My wife and daughter went to swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove at the beginning of the month and I thought that a matching set would help them both to remember their incredible journey together. You fellow LJ’s, get to join me and these boards into hopefully wonderful gifts.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 11-17-2011 01:00 AM

That’s a good catch.

It can look weavy or fiery dependent how you look at it.

Man 2 hour trip to the lumber yard… I have one 5 minutes away from me.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 11-17-2011 02:17 AM

That is some great looking lumber. Would you mind telling another Virginian where you found this beautiful material?
Thank You Looking forward to seeing the finished boxes.

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 02:51 AM

one word SCORE!!!!!
that boards looks great

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 12:14 PM

Hi Bigrock, I am no longer in Virginia, I live in North Carolina, but depending on where you are in Virginia it may be worth the trip or you can go to their web site, they do mail order. Of coarse that’s never as good as digging through the lumber yourself. I bought these boards from Steve Wall Lumber Co. They are in Mayodan NC. Thats about a hour south of Roanoke Va on Route 220. Here is there web page.

I have found they have some great prices and a great selection.

@ Ianwater, I have a couple of lumberyards that are closer, but they are way more expensive and rarely have anything really nice. You are lucky that your supplier is so close. I wish mine was. I am fairly new to my area and I am sure there are more places, I just haven’t found them yet. For the prices and quality, it is worth the drive.

@ Eddy. I have to agree. I saw them and could not leave them at the yard. Please join them on their way to becoming boxes. So far I am enjoying this blog thing and hope you guys will enjoy it as well.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 02:38 PM

You’ve found some fantastic maple. I’m green with envy…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 11-17-2011 04:06 PM

Thanks Hal, I just went and looked and you have come across some gorgeous lumber yourself. I posted the lumberyard above that I got them from. They had a few more boards of it a week ago. If you don’t mind paying shipping then give them a look. Every time I go in there I drool over something they have. Most are still out of my price range, but every commission brings me a little closer to that special piece. Then I will make something for myself.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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