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Need advice on sawing a Spalted Curly Maple log

by TimberCraft
posted 03-07-2013 08:14 AM


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WDHLT15

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#1 posted 03-07-2013 12:57 PM

I believe that the figure will be most expressed by flat sawing.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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Scsmith42

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#2 posted 03-10-2013 03:06 AM

I concur with Danny’s recommendation – flat sawn will yield your best figure on that particular log.

-- Scott, North Carolina, www.quartersawnoak.com

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MNgary

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#3 posted 03-10-2013 03:34 AM

Depends on how you plan to use it. Do you want to turn a vase, make a curved lid for a jewelry box, create thin stock/veneers, use it for marquetry, a top or drawer front or any number of other applications. To me, there is no one simple solution.

I’ve seen too many one-way thinking re “best”. IMHO, you need to decide the best use for it and then decide how to proceed.

Way too many opinions that do not consider all possible applications.

Just my opinion.

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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TimberCraft

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 11:48 AM

Thank you WDHLT15 and Scsmith. Also, MNgary, you bring up some great points. It made me step back and think. I dont have the equipment for turning but a bandsaw box is something I can try. I’ll chop off a 12” section of the log for that purpose. That leaves 40” of log to cut 4/4 stock.
I just went to Grizzly in Springfielld and picked up a 17” Bandsaw (GO513X2). I got a 1” resaw blade with it. I’ll finish putting the saw together tonight and see what this log has inside. I’ll post some pictures. Thanks guys…

-- Johnny, Erie Kansas / USMC Veteran (AutoCad Drafter and Surveyor) / Novice woodworker since 1993

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 03-10-2013 12:35 PM

I would flat saw.

Looking forward to the posts of what is made from this.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Nad

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 05:27 PM

That looks to be “sound standing splat” ! nice catch- flat sawing would be my pick.
Cheers

-- Nad

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Nad

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#7 posted 03-11-2013 05:33 PM

It is a branch and will not yield a huge amount of dimensional lumber so many good sawyers would though cut thick flat sawed slabs giving you “more options” once dry.
looking at the photos again I would likely split the log down the center fallowing the natural check -then the wood will tell you what it can do for you, or you can do fro it ;)

Dan

-- Nad

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Nad

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#8 posted 03-11-2013 05:41 PM

http://muchmaple.com/category/wood-for-sale/natural-edge-slabs/

here is a link to my sawyer Andy at Much Maple,com he has at least 200 000 board feet and the most amazing salection of Sound spalted /figured maple you will find anywhere

Good luck

-- Nad

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RussellAP

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#9 posted 03-11-2013 05:46 PM

I’d make various sizes of blanks for turning. You could sell them for about 18$ to 45$ each depending on size.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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TimberCraft

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#10 posted 03-12-2013 12:02 AM

Nad, I just checked out your sawyer Andys website and wow he has an amazing inventory. I wish I had someone around here like that.

I tried to cut the log in that nature check but all the limbs that are sticking out kinda put me off that mark. I ended up doing what you said and sliced it right down the middle. This is what I ended up with…Not sure what to think really. The curly is not really strong at first glance but I have to take into consideration that the 1” resaw blade is pretty coarse. I was really surprized how easy it was to feed it into the new bandsaw. It cut that log like butter..lol I’m totally hooked. I’d love some feed back on the grain.

-- Johnny, Erie Kansas / USMC Veteran (AutoCad Drafter and Surveyor) / Novice woodworker since 1993

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TimberCraft

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#11 posted 03-12-2013 12:17 AM

Russ, Turning is something on my list to learn… I’ve been looking around this site at the beautiful work you guys produce. I just dont have the equipment to do any turning. Maybe if I have some decent parts left for turning I can send you some if you like.

-- Johnny, Erie Kansas / USMC Veteran (AutoCad Drafter and Surveyor) / Novice woodworker since 1993

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TimberCraft

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#12 posted 03-12-2013 12:23 AM

Here’s one more… I cant wait to finish slabing it tomorrow.

-- Johnny, Erie Kansas / USMC Veteran (AutoCad Drafter and Surveyor) / Novice woodworker since 1993

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WoodYard

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#13 posted 03-12-2013 12:35 AM

I’d consider milling into natural edged slabs. And the checks won’t matter much.

-- Rick Wood TheWoodYard.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 03-12-2013 06:29 AM

Why does everyone say flat saw? Quarter sawn Curly Maple gun stocks look the best. Just curious.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TimberCraft

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#15 posted 03-14-2013 01:09 PM

Upadate: I’m working on a jig to hold the half round logs. The idea is to cut 6/4 slabs. I also noticed that the logs are checking even more now i split it in half. It’s getting me nervous that wont be able to use full width boards. Will just see how it ends up. I’ll post some pictures of the jig in action on the bandsaw.

-- Johnny, Erie Kansas / USMC Veteran (AutoCad Drafter and Surveyor) / Novice woodworker since 1993

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ratchet

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#16 posted 03-14-2013 02:03 PM

That is some awesome looking slabs!!!

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TimberCraft

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#17 posted 03-14-2013 02:52 PM

I’m loving the new bandsaw (grizzly go513×2). I just split this piece of fire wood open and i just found some cool splating. Sweet

-- Johnny, Erie Kansas / USMC Veteran (AutoCad Drafter and Surveyor) / Novice woodworker since 1993

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