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12-15-2009 04:08 AM
I have always used hard maple, used it on a number of projects and kitchens. I don’t enjoy using the hard maple but it looks really nice if it is finished correctly.
Currently I have a small kitchen job, just 10’ of cabinet that is going to be a feature section, similar to rooms with a feature wall. They wanted it painted ‘jet’ black. I will be using a gloss black lacquer for the finish. Since we were painting the cabinets, I went with a soft maple for the first time. The batch I got my wood from was really clear and mostly ‘white’. Very nice looking. I noticed how easy it was to cut and run on my shaper. When I raised the panes, the wood shaped really easy and nice. I experienced none of the issues I have with hard maple when working this soft maple. Then I do a double take and ask myself if this is really maple, I mean it looks just like any of the hard maple I have used in the past but without all the pain.
So, in the future when I get a customer wanting a maple job, I know I will be tempted to substitute soft maple for the job. I have even thought about maybe using the hard maple for drawer faces, face frame, style and rail material while using soft maple for the panels inside the doors. The panels are the main thing because they shape so nicely on my shaper. We only run a 3 hp shaper and as of right now our power feeder is our “arms”, so raising say 30 to 50 panels out of hard maple becomes a real chore, trust me.
As a side note, we do plan to invest in a real power feeder soon though.