I have seen posts of LJs delighted with a find of curly/tiger maple at HD. I never thought it would happen to me. Well today I went to HD for the 1×2 length of hard maple you see in the photos. Looking to my right I had to do a double take to be sure I was seeing…what I was seeing! Sure enough, 4-5 boards of curly maple (1×6). I have never seen this at my local HD before. I bought 3 boards totaling 20 linear feet. The slightly bad news is that I did not get the great buy that other LJs got. I paid $3.33/linear foot for a total of $66.60. Calculating it as 4/4 lumber 6 inches wide it comes out to 10 board feet so essentially it was $6.60/bd. ft. Of course it is already at 3/4 of an inch and only 5 1/2” wide but that’s close to what one gets after milling rough lumber. The comparison is that I last paid $7.27/bd.ft for 4/4 rough curly maple at my favorite lumber yard (Downes and Reader for the New England LJs). So it is a savings of roughly $.67 per board ft. but it is already milled. I will use this for box projects so it being at 3/4” is fine.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI