Pink maple? I need help identifying maple pleeeeeease

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Forum topic by ToddTurner posted 02-20-2010 05:06 AM 1033 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2010 05:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip question trick maple milling finishing veneering joining sanding modern arts and crafts traditional identify wood types type

Hello guys. I am making cabinets for my kitchen. I have that project posted here. I have noticed that some of the maple is leaning towards having a pink tinge or shade to it. It is nice. Some of the material is white compared to the pink stuff and some of the maple had brown or black spots and streaks, but not ambrosia or spalted.
My question is this, what is this pink stuff and how do i ask for it? How is it identified in the wood world? Has anyone else seen this? Is it the difference in hard and soft maple or is there a difference?
THanks to all my wood-be friends! (sorry couldnt help it!)


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#1 posted 02-20-2010 08:11 PM

Minerel staining?

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 09:10 PM

I can’t really tell you a whole lot about it, or what it’s called (if it even has a name). But over the years, Ive seen a thousand miles of both Hard and Soft Maple, and I have seen the pink hue you refer to. As best I can recall, I have only seen it in Soft Maple…not that common IME. Soft maple usually has a red(ish) heart wood, maybe has something to do with treatments before during or after Kiln drying….Steaming?

Found this…

I think Ive brought up more questions than answers LOL!!

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