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03-11-2012 03:28 PM

So while looking through some pieces of wood at the local wood workers store, I found this.

I don’t really have any plans for it, yet. I thought I would get some ideas from all you folks.
It measures 18” x 8” x 1.75”

If I cut it in two and book matched it may not work because the grain patterns are not as striking on the far side.
It is not big enough for a table, well maybe a small table. I don’t know, but let me know what your think.

I will be check in occasionally today, so give me a little time for replies, okay?

-- Mel,

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 03:36 PM

I’m not sure you’ll be able to do anything with that. You better send it to me.
Seriously, nice find. Let us know what you do with it. It’s awsome!

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 03:52 PM

I would hold on to that board as long as you physicaly can before you find the PERFECT use for it. Dont force anything on it.
I also dread the thought of hand planing mill marks off of that board.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 03:53 PM

If you have given any thought to making a small cabinet they would make PERFECT bookmatched door panels.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 03:54 PM

A spectacular box top … that center section looks like its on fire with smoke trails.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 03:56 PM

I would vote door panels – front and centered.

Otherwise I with Coopman – save it for the perfect use! It will eventually come by…...

Good find!


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#6 posted 03-11-2012 05:16 PM

Wood make a nice top for a box, yes

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 03-11-2012 06:40 PM

The only thing I can think of is if you are into making your own wood planes or other tools, there’s enough material there for some small projects. You might also consider a pattern where you can combine it with other varieties of wood in a table top. How about maple salad forks and spoons. You would have to resaw it in half for that. Probably you need to resaw it first. Maybe the book match will look better after.

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#8 posted 03-11-2012 06:43 PM

Just hold on to it and you will know when the right project comes along. I have had pieces of lumber in my shop for years before the right project spoke to me.

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#9 posted 03-11-2012 06:45 PM

Hang it on the wall. You can always take it down and make something out of it later. That is a very striking piece of maple – wow.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 03-11-2012 06:45 PM

Very nice.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 03-11-2012 07:07 PM

Thanks for the suggestions.
@Chrisstef It looked like waves pushing into a come to me, but the smoke visual is now pretty strong. The picture picks up the large curls but doesn’t do justice to the small tight curls that run perpendicular to the long edge of the board. There is no finish on it at this point, it’s just sanded down to 240 grit.
@coopman, I do have hand tools, but I wouldn’t consider trying to hand plane curly maple. I know it’s possible for some, but I have tried and didn’t get the results I wanted.
I am thinking if I ever try my hand a marquetry, I could make something visual out of it.

Thanks for all the comments. And yes I will save it, I have a box for all those pieces waiting their purpose.

-- Mel,

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#12 posted 03-12-2012 11:12 AM

that’s a fine hunk-a-hunk-a maple.. it has a special place somewhere. it’l click like a light bulb turning on when it comes to ya.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 03-13-2012 10:45 AM

Here’s what I did with a small piece of curly maple. It wasn’t as interesting as the one you show.

Click for details

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#14 posted 03-13-2012 11:29 AM

Hal, That is a nice plane. I have only made one plane, a chisel plane. Well maybe two if you count the router plane. I have enough wood but I haven’t got around to buying the blade. It is on my list of things I want to build though.

-- Mel,

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#15 posted 03-13-2012 12:04 PM

I would actually cut it square and put a frame around it using a darker wood and hang it on the wall. I would consider that as art work right now, but that is just me. Then if you ever think of a user for it you can take it off the wall.

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