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Blog entry by Jamie posted 12-21-2013 06:32 PM 940 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I haver had this natural board for quite a while now. When I purchased it I was told that it was Maple. Immediately underneath the board in question is a table made out of curly maple. Both boards have only a clear finish on them. Does the top board look like maple or is it something else?

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA



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stefang

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 06:36 PM

I might be the last person you would want to ask, but it sure could be tiger maple with IMHO. I think tiger maple is the most beautiful wood of all.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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GenuineGeek

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#2 posted 12-21-2013 07:04 PM

Can you get a higer resolution picture?
It looks like it could be maple, but the crotch area is a deciveing spot to make an determination from, those waves are due to the weight of the branch over years of growth so it looks a bit like quilting, but as you can see from your quilted maple below, it is very different looking in the rest of the straight wood.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#3 posted 12-21-2013 09:26 PM

How old is that piece? Maple can deepen in tone over time, not quite the way cherry does, but it can be quite a shift.

That said, it could be the lighting, but getting that tone from maple usually needs an ambering finish.

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#4 posted 12-21-2013 11:19 PM

Call me crazy, but would you rule out Bradford Pear? Color and branching pattern looks like that. With a clear finish it can be that color. http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/pearwood.htm

The bark on that little stub of a branch at the end might provide more clues.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#5 posted 12-22-2013 01:12 AM

Curly big leaf maple?

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#6 posted 12-22-2013 01:50 AM

I would guess something else.

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#7 posted 12-22-2013 02:04 AM

It looks like cherry to me.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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hoosier0311

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#8 posted 12-22-2013 02:11 AM

+ 1 on Cherry.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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