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I have a friend who owns a sawmill in northeastern Wisconsin. He called me and asked if I was interested in a pile of curly maple that had recently made its way down the green chain.

“Yep, I’m definitely interested. . . I’ll be there in less than an hour!”

I am making a Shaker-style bedroom set out of the rough sawn lumber I picked up that day. The lingerie chest is the first piece I completed and nightstands are next.

I have used curly maple before, but have had issues finishing it in a way that did justice to the incredible figure of this wood. I did some searching on the Internet and was led to Lumberjocks and a “how-to” post about using water-based aniline dyes on figured maple by a member called “Trifern.” Thanks to Trifern and his instructional I finally achieved the finish I knew was waiting to come out of the curly maple.

The side panels, drawer fronts and legs are all solid curly maple and the top is birdseye maple. Knobs are curly maple and were ordered from an online supplier. Drawer sides and backs were crafted from poplar. The drawer bottoms and dust panels are 1/4” baltic birch plywood.

The design is not my own – I used plans.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 01-03-2012 06:39 PM

Beautiful wood and chest ,very nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 08:17 PM

Based on what I have seen so far, your bedroom set should be fantastic. The chest posted is absolutely beautiful.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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planeBill

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 08:27 PM

I can’t wait to see more of your beautiful work. The color you chose is both uncommon ( for maple ) and beautiful. Great work, very unsual.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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jerkylips

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 08:48 PM

dtblack – I live in Green Bay & have been looking for a good source for lumber. Can you share the sawmill name?

p.s. the chest looks great!

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Hallmark

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 08:52 PM

It looks really sharp and very well made. Wonderful choice on the color!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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blackcherry

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 08:57 PM

This just turn out super sharp, you have to be very pleased with the out come thanks for showing …BC

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bko

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 09:00 PM

Very nicely done! I love the color and finish.

—Brian

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HawkDriver

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#8 posted 01-03-2012 09:16 PM

That is stunning. Nice work!!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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atogrf1

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#9 posted 01-03-2012 10:36 PM

Nice job getting the figure to pop like that.

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doncutlip

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#10 posted 01-04-2012 01:04 AM

Awesome project

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 01-04-2012 03:23 AM

Very Nice!! Clean & Crisp.

-- Dennis Zongker

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lightweightladylefty

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#12 posted 01-04-2012 06:35 AM

Very nice! We’d love to see more pictures!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Blake

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#13 posted 01-04-2012 07:46 AM

wwwwwOOOOOWWWWW. That is some nice maple. Looks great with the dye.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#14 posted 01-04-2012 03:32 PM

Beautiful color! That dye really did the trick.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 01-04-2012 05:02 PM

Wow…excellent job. Very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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