Alas, it IS possible to find figured maple at the big box stores. Ran over to HD during a lunch break last week for some lawn stuff and “figured” I’d try my luck on finding a diamond in the rough I hear often enough on LJs. Well, all be darned if I didn’t run across an 11ft piece of some curly maple. Just glad I was there to rescue it from being abused by a weekend warrior who may have used it to support a deck or something.
I think I may have a new lunch hobby.
-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.