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D_Allen

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1358 days ago

Recently I bought some maple from a guy and 2 of the boards have this black figuring.
Is this just junk or would it finish with some ‘character?
TIA

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richgreer

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#1 posted 1358 days ago

If the wood is solid, this is called character. If it is soft and punky it is called junk.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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mpounders

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#2 posted 1358 days ago

It looks like spalting to me. Spalting is caused by a fungus I believe, and it is usually considered desirable and beautiful, the more the better! But it really depends on what you plan for the wood or if you are trying to match something. I bet it would look pretty good!

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cabs4less

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#3 posted 1358 days ago

looks like spalting to me i like it just be sure to seal it wit super glue or cynowhateveritscalled first

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John Ormsby

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#4 posted 1358 days ago

Spalted wod is very desirable. You can resaw it and do book matched panels etc. Make sure you you a respirator and some ventilation when working with spalted woods because of the fungus. This is a standard precausion.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Ryan

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#5 posted 1358 days ago

Looks like spalted maple. It may be a good work piece depending on how you use it.
I used the splated wood for clock dial. Take a look at this:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/35159

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tnwood

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#6 posted 1357 days ago

To me that is the best maple you bought. If you don’t want it, I will be glad to take it. It finishes beautifully. Use it for door panels or whatever.

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Beeguy

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#7 posted 1356 days ago

I did a large farm table using this type of maple. Around here it is called “wormy maple” as you find some nice little worm holes in the spalted area. I think it really adds to the look, especially on country style furniture. I have found it also costs a little more if the mill pulls these out.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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D_Allen

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#8 posted 1356 days ago

Thanks all for the info and coments.
I guess it is spalted then. Shows what I know about wood.
I cannot press my thumbnail into it so it is hard. Currently I am building a 5-drawer cabinet for the better half that will be used for misc stuff, letters, postage items, etc.
Since the faceframes and end panels are done and made with the clearer stuff, I’ll save this for another project. Sorry tnwood, I think I’ll keep it.
And about the stuff with wormholes in it…....I hated that stuff. That was from an earlier stock of wood from my brother. I spent too much extra time figuring out where to use the wormy stuff so it wouldn’t show.
It turned out OK, just don’t look too close!

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Jimbo4

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#9 posted 1356 days ago

Keep it, keep it, keep it ! If it’s not soft, like you can stick your digits through, it is wonderful markings. Ask
any wood turner, this type of wood is to die for.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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tnwood

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#10 posted 1355 days ago

I fill the worm holes with super glue and sawdust. Works well if you fill it well. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get it right. Most of the finishes I use do not seem to be incompatible with CA glues as long as I remove the excess by scraping.

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patron

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#11 posted 1355 days ago

Ambrosia Wood Description

The dramatic coloring in this maple, Acer Rubrum, is caused by the Ambrosia Beetle. The beetle causes pinholes 1/100” – 1/4” in diameter and attacks only recently killed/cut trees, logs, and green lumber. They usually bore into the sapwood of both hard and softwoods although sometimes they affect the heartwood. Interestingly, the beetle does not consume the wood; rather, when he excavates his “tunnel”, he introduces two types of fungus.

The first grows on the walls of the “tunnel” and it is this fungus which is consumed by the beetle for nourishment. The fungus is called Ambrosia and the name was passed on to include the beetle.

The second fungus is a staining fungus which, if introduced, causes greenish-gray or bluish-black staining around the pinholes.

this is also called wormy maple (as stated above)
and spalted maple (ditto)

here is some of it’s beauty

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 1355 days ago

I love the look of it and I think that if is solid then why not use it for something pretty.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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rivergirl

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#13 posted 1355 days ago

Use it! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Jack_T

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#14 posted 1355 days ago

An excellent use for it would be the draw fronts. The plain ends and face frame would make a beautiful offset for the draw fronts.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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D_Allen

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#15 posted 1355 days ago

Interesting idea Jack. I’ll consider it.

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