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Misc. Shop Stuff #63: Soft (Brown) Maple in the House

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 07-08-2017 08:39 PM 1963 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cut a tree down last year, a soft maple that was really a sh*t tree, and just got the trunk slabbed today into 5/4 boards.

Here’s the tree.

Here are the boards.

All will finish at 10” + wide and over 8’ long, and there’s spalting too.

Over 80 board feet.

Ponderosa pine at the bottom of the stack, air drying since 2014 or so. A day with wood is a good day! Thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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#1 posted 07-09-2017 12:52 AM

Nice haul smutty!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 07-09-2017 02:03 AM

Got missiles, Stef?

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#3 posted 07-09-2017 02:06 AM

What did you do with it between cutting it down and milling?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#4 posted 07-09-2017 04:31 AM

Honestly? It sat at the sawyers, doing whatever logs do. (I wasn’t too concerned about it, actually, so what came back was a huge BONUS to me.)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 07-09-2017 12:09 PM

I only ask because I have read of various techniques of purposefully spalting maple which typically involves laying the log directly on that ground for a precise but unknown amount of time, moisture, leaves, fungus and other magical spells.

I wondered if you had become such a wood whisperer.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#6 posted 07-09-2017 12:20 PM

Nope, this one is truly serendipity! And it’s not even punky spalty, just all kinds of viens and colors. Makes an otherwise ‘nothing’ soft maple some good wood.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#7 posted 07-10-2017 08:57 AM

Wonderful landscape in that wood.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 07-10-2017 01:00 PM

Right on Smitty! It’ll be fun to see what it becomes.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 07-11-2017 11:35 PM

Nice load of lumber. Can’t wait to see what you turn it into.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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