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We just installed a wormy maple countertop. The owner is doing the finish work and is using bar top oil. We started with 5/4 lumber and the finish sanding was at 4/4 so we put a 13/4 inch drop on it. Price for the maple was $1.68 a brd ft. We used about 175 brd feet to get the top One photo is the cherry we built the cabinets from. The two woods made a great looking marriage with each other. We used common cherry at about the same price as the wormy maple. 300 brd ft.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com


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#1 posted 876 days ago

The term for that wormy maple is ambrosia maple because the ambrosia beetle bores the holes and a fungus that rides in on the beetle’s body creates the tear streaked stains around the beetle hole. You got a steal on it for sure as it goes for double what you paid in most places.

That is a stunningly beautiful counter top!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#2 posted 876 days ago

You’ve got a great looking counter top there! I love carving laminated gunstocks with ambrosia maple on the outside. It looks like natural desert or winter woodland camo and wet sanded to 800 grit with tung oil makes a finish that looks 10 miles deep. You got a great price on your lumber. Every time I find ambrosia maple with good color, I buy it.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#3 posted 875 days ago

I have to say again, that I am in love with that counter top!!!!!!!!!!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#4 posted 875 days ago

Well, I would like to thank you and Hal for your nice compliments on the top. The homeowner has just started doing the finish on it, It’s their retirement home here in the mountain and sits almost on the top of a mountain. He’s going to put five coats on it and then buff it with corn starch. I’ll put up more photos of it when he’s finished and has the back splash on it. They’re still undecided whether to use cherry or the maple. I think it’s going to turn out to be one of the prettier wood tops we’ve done as far as the grain.

It took us a week to build the top. We used a Proformax 22-44 to sand it instead of the wide belt so we would have closer control over the feed ratio. I think that was some of the hardest wood we’ve ever tried to sand before. After we got it flat on the sander we then took out the linear sanding lines with a OS with 100 grit. We ran the tops on 120 grit. We finished off with 220 on the OS.

We’ve got to do another wood top in a few months and it’ll be out of curley maple with a walnut drop edge.
The cabinets will be out of walnut with curley maple door and drawer panels. Sure it will be a site for the eyes.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#5 posted 875 days ago

Our wormy maple is not that wormy! Should I say- what I have seen has much less of the dark streaking.

Good job!

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#6 posted 870 days ago

Beautiful top !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 870 days ago

Stunning !

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#8 posted 868 days ago

I agree…..beautiful!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 868 days ago

I come here every day to get my ambrosia maple fix!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#10 posted 867 days ago

I continue to thank you for your fine compliments on this top. I’m going to put it up in the projects section soon.

Wood Mizer on our next trip down to south Ga. to visit friends I’ll stop by your place and leave you a cut off one of those boards lol

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#11 posted 867 days ago

Now that is a deal! I am only 10 miles off I-75 and I would love for you to stop by.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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