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Forum topic by Skip posted 03-05-2011 07:08 PM 1365 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Skip

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03-05-2011 07:08 PM

I bought a bunch of bird’s eye maple last weekend. Some of this was with it. Can anyone one identify it.

Can I assume it is not going to like a planer very well?

-- Skip....


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#1 posted 03-05-2011 08:36 PM

That looks like it is filled with bark inclusions, often referred to as “bird peck”, but your board has more elongated areas of bark than I normally see. Got any closer photos of the affected areas? In any event, I would say with a fair amount of certainty that this is what you have there.

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#2 posted 03-05-2011 11:21 PM

I think this is ambrosia maple. The ambrosia bug (a very small insect) infest the tree. As it moves through the tree it releases a substance that stains the wood permanently. Sometimes the resulting patterns can be very interesting. Sometimes not.

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

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#3 posted 03-05-2011 11:45 PM

Sorry Rich, but that is not Ambrosia Maple :) Ambrosia Maple is caused by the excrement of the Ambrosia Beetle as it bores thru a log. It causes streaks in the capillaries of the lumber along with a small hole where it bores. The streaks in the picture are small bark inclusions. Not common, but I have seen a fair share of it before. Ambrosia Beetle staining is completely different than the figure in this board pictured above. Hard Maple is rarely afflicted by Ambrosia Beetles, unlike soft Maple where it is common. The only other thing that it could be is small “cluster burls” which are still filled with small bark inclusions. A closer look at the infected area will be beneficial to a true diagnosis.

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#4 posted 03-05-2011 11:51 PM

From this one and only photo , I’d go with bark inclusions as well , not knowing the size of the piece in the picture. Definitely not Ambrosia staining.
Ambrosia Maple link : http://www.heirloomwoodcrafting.com/sawmilling_ambrosia.htm
click on the photos to enlarge and see the staining : )

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#5 posted 03-06-2011 02:43 AM

Gentlemen, This is not a stain. It is bark.

-- Skip....

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#6 posted 03-06-2011 07:04 AM

We knew that : ) LOL

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#7 posted 03-06-2011 03:30 PM

Sorry, I thought there was some confusion.

-- Skip....

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#8 posted 03-08-2011 07:08 PM

I wouldn’t press the planer too hard on that stuff, you are really likely to have tear-out. Better to run it thru a sander. I would bet the cost of sanding would be well worth what appears to be a very figured piece. As for what it is, I’d guess by your intro it is maple with bark pockets… oh, dang, I just couldn’t resist. Nice board.

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#9 posted 03-08-2011 10:03 PM

You made me laugh. Thanks
I have a 36” Sander. I guess I need to get some rough paper for it.

-- Skip....

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#10 posted 03-11-2011 09:33 PM

A 36” sander??!?

Can we come over to your house and play?

....rookieII

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#11 posted 03-13-2011 03:50 AM

Ambrosia is my best guess

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#12 posted 03-13-2011 04:23 AM

And the answer is: “Bark Pocket Maple”

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#13 posted 03-13-2011 04:39 AM

Your right about the planer a sander would be the preferred choice. It a stunning piece any ideas on it future?

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#14 posted 03-13-2011 05:26 AM

No ideas yet. I think I want to use it an accent piece, maybe surrounded by mahogany. Not to waste it, I will probably turn it into 1/8 veneer.

-- Skip....

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