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Forum topic by therookie posted 08-16-2011 12:47 AM 1001 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2011 12:47 AM

Has anyone else noticed that tiger maple doesnt look all that good edge glued is there a good way to make it look good?


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#1 posted 08-16-2011 02:16 AM

Most of the tiger maple projects I have seen usually have a single board (no glue up) for any part of the project. Today, with fewer/smaller samples to choose from, this can really limit the overall size of any project a person might want to make.

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#2 posted 08-16-2011 04:04 AM

Have to do bookmatching, but even then it is hard to get it to really look exactly right.

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#3 posted 08-16-2011 03:44 PM

If possible, there’s a bit of a veneer trick. Offset your boards so the tiger figure is continuous before you cut the boards to length.

Traditional bookmatching will just create a line of V’s down the center. Wish I had a project to show you, but not a big fan of tiger maple though, so I don’t have anything recently worked with.

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 07:41 PM

Number of great ideas above.
Resaw (bookmatching)
Practice use of tools. Do chisels and gouges too.
Use as contrast wood—get some experience working with figure- tearout, splotching, use of scraper vs sandpapers.
Make some one board projects. small boxes, desk trinkets.
Make prototypes. Exact replicas of your future tiger jobs. Problem solve with $1/bf rather than $8 for AAA+ Tiger.
Look at many projects using highly figured wood. How were problems handled?

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#5 posted 08-16-2011 08:58 PM

Take a look at some old Les Paul guitars. The various flame, tiger striped maple tops look fine to me.

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#6 posted 08-16-2011 09:14 PM

Don’t glue it.
Tiger maple is a beautiful wood when the grain pattern is tight. i just bought about 80 bd ft of Tiger Maple and a couple of the boards are 15” wide. The narrower boards seem to have the best and tightest grain pattern and the wide ones have beautiful grain on the sides and more of a plain grain in the center.
I will be using it primarily for box building so i really do not require the wider boards.

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#7 posted 08-16-2011 10:03 PM

thanks for the advice I have a 10” wide board that I am going to play with. It has great figure and was a good deal (i think it was) at 2.65 bdft.


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