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Forum topic by nate22 posted 12-22-2011 07:21 PM 942 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2011 07:21 PM

hi lumber jocks. It’s been awhile since I have been on here. I was suppose to make this loft bed out of maple and ended up not doing it because the person that wanted me to do it wanted it just like one on pottybarn. Now I got maple that I am not sure what to make out of it. I mainly got 1×8’s, 1×6’s, 1×4’s, and 1×2’s. I have thought of a few things but I am still not sure what to make to where it will sell fairly quickly. I rather not having it sit in my shop for a long time. Any ideas would help. Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 07:56 PM

Well, it’s good for all kinds of furniture, my question is what do you sell more of?

And please look into a wholesaler for lumber, it should be cheaper than pre-dimensioned lumber.

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 08:16 PM

Maple is my ‘go to’ wood for dovetail drawer boxes.
It also is good for special caddies and things that i build inside cabinets such as spice racks, towell racks, knife blocks, etc.
It is very stable and durable for such things and looks great with just a natural clear finish.

I’ve seen a lot of maple and walnut cutting boards that look real nice.

Pre-dimensioned (S4S) can be unnecessarily expensive if you’re buying retail. It can be useful if you don’t own a surface planer and jointer.

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 10:28 PM

I always keep some on hand to use as a secondary wood in my furniture, mainly use it for making drawer sides.

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#4 posted 12-23-2011 12:05 AM

You could ship the lumber to me, I will build something out of it, take photos and send them to you. You get to see what you could have built and get more wood.

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#5 posted 12-23-2011 02:18 AM

Pardon the pun but maple is my staple. Period furniture, utensils,I love it. Figure me maple.

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#6 posted 12-23-2011 10:29 PM

this wood is of no use what so ever. Ship it to me right away for proper disposal

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