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mc269

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03-21-2016 03:40 PM

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I acquired this maple log from a friends firewood pile a while back and now I’m in the process of getting it milled. My sawyer was anxious to see what it looked like when I dropped it off so we took one slice off the top to check it out. It appears to have a little bit of everything going on…curl, spalting and some ambrosia as well. I’m headed down this week to saw it up an now I’m torn about how to cut this thing. The log is about 25” in diameter and about 9’ long. My question is, how should I saw it up??? What would this best be used for? I haven’t used anything like this in my woodworking career so I’m not sure what to do with it. Just wanted to see what everyone else would do if they were in my shoes. Thanks for the help!

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks


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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 03-21-2016 05:23 PM

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That wood is one of my favorites. Not extremely hard like hard maple, but very nice to work. The colors are fantastic. Make something nice out it.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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JayGunn

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#2 posted 03-21-2016 05:28 PM

A slice maybe as thin as 1/4”-3/8” would make a great surface for the body of an electric guitar or bass. Often people resaw a 7” piece to make a bookmatched top. But with 25” to work with you could pick the most figured 13-14” and have something seamless to show off.

For inspiration on how one does a solid body guitar/bass build try: http://www.tdpri.com/forums/tele-home-depot.46/ and https://www.talkbass.com/forums/luthiers-corner.57/

On talkbass check out any build thread from Drake Custom. Andrew Drake does a brilliant job of explaining every step and his particular preferred way to do a complete build.

...could be the start of a new pursuit for your woodworking skills to express themselves. Out of gratitude for this brilliant suggestion, you could send me a sample slice…

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cdaniels

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#3 posted 03-21-2016 05:29 PM

I would cut it up into turning blanks, IMO otherwise if you’re not into turning you should get it cut up into 4/4 pieces and use it for cabinet doors or jewelry boxes

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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WDHLT15

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 12:39 AM

I saw lots of lumber and lots of maple. I would saw some 5/4 (1 3/8” thick rough green) and some at 6/4 (1 5/8” thick rough green) for table tops.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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mc269

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#5 posted 03-22-2016 12:35 PM

Thanks everyone for the input. I went last night and we cut the first log. Ended up doing 6/4 slabs and one 2.5” slab so I can make a few tabletops and hopefully a bartop out of the thick slab. Ended up with 11 slabs to work with, up to 25” in diameter. I didn’t get as much spalting after I got into the log but there was a lot more ambrosia than I thought. That mixed with lots of curly figure looks awesome. I think the second log I may do 4/4 lumber to use for some cabinet doors. Now I need to find a kiln so I can hurry up and put these to use. It’s going to kill me waiting around for these to dry!!

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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cdaniels

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#6 posted 03-22-2016 02:44 PM

some nice looking lumber there. nice score

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#7 posted 03-22-2016 02:51 PM



I saw lots of lumber and lots of maple. I would saw some 5/4 (1 3/8” thick rough green) and some at 6/4 (1 5/8” thick rough green) for table tops.

- WDHLT15

What he^ said.

You always have the option of resawing yourself if desired.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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WDHLT15

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#8 posted 03-23-2016 12:50 AM

Simply Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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