"roasted maple" and mahogany

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Project by ErikF posted 07-04-2012 08:55 PM 2115 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

26 3/4” tall
22” wide
13” deep

Here is an end table I just finished up. The dark wood is roasted maple…from what I have read, they use a special technique while the wood is in the kiln in order to caramelize the wood to get the dark color. It is easy to work and actually smells edible after a fresh cut. I would have kept calling it a rustic maple but a fellow lumberjock told me about the roasting.

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Terry Ferguson

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 10:11 PM

OK, so you’ve got me a little confused. If the dark colored maple is the result of the kiln technique,
what are the last two photos telling me? Does it mean that the roasting only darkened the maple a little and you had to add stain to get to the final color?

Anyway, it is a nice looking table, good proportions, well made, and I do like the dark maple in contrast with the red mahogany.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 11:03 PM

Let me clear it up. The last picture was me putting water on the board to show the darkness…the board used was dirty. I didn’t use any stains on the wood.

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#3 posted 07-05-2012 01:48 AM

“Roasted” woods (maple and others) are heated to 300 – 400 degrees in a very special kiln WITHOUT OXYGEN. Normally this would ignite the wood (don’t try this at home, kids), but without oxygen it sort of “carmelizes” the wood, making it dark (and much more brittle). But it looks beautiful and is pretty impervious to rot. It is difficult to find, but I’ve run across it on the West Coast. You can do a google search on “roasted maple” or “toasted maple” and find some sources.

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#4 posted 07-05-2012 02:15 AM

Thanks for the information. I have never seen the roasted wood at any of the lumber yards around here. I came across it by chance on craigslist when a custom sliding glass door company had a job cancel on them so they needed to clear out some stock.

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#5 posted 07-05-2012 06:52 PM

hrm, never heard of this before, i will have to check it out

Nice Table btw

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 07:06 PM

I have used the “roasted” maple in some of my projects. Here they call it “Cooked or Burned” Maple. I can tell you from experience that it is in fact very brittle and sometimes if dropped it will shatter. I put a little to much clamping pressure on a box joint with this wood and it shattered.

The table is very nice and a great compliment of colors.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 01:44 AM

interesting layout

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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