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Skip

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1142 days ago

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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McKinneyMike

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#1 posted 1142 days ago

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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richgreer

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#2 posted 1142 days ago

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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McKinneyMike

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#3 posted 1142 days ago

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 1142 days ago

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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Skip

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#5 posted 1142 days ago

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

-- Skip....

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Dusty56

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#6 posted 1142 days ago

We knew that : ) LOL

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#7 posted 1141 days ago

Sorry, I thought there was some confusion.

-- Skip....

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#8 posted 1139 days ago

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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Skip

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#9 posted 1139 days ago

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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woodrookieII

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#10 posted 1136 days ago

A 36” sander??!?

Can we come over to your house and play?

....rookieII

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therookie

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#11 posted 1135 days ago

Ambrosia is my best guess

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Arnold

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#12 posted 1135 days ago

And the answer is: “Bark Pocket Maple”

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blackcherry

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#13 posted 1135 days ago

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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Skip

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#14 posted 1135 days ago

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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