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Forum topic by lumberjoe posted 04-22-2012 11:18 PM 903 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2012 11:18 PM

Friday my wife comes home from work with a nice little 32” LED TV that she won. I was excited for 2 reasons:
1 – Free TV!
2 – It’s going in our newly refinished bedroom and I will get to make a stand for it

The room is our refinished 3rd floor which I completed in November and is HUGE (25×38). The only thing in there currently is a dresser, bureau, bed and nightstands. I want to make something nice and somewhat substantial to take up some space, The dresser and bureau is my great grandfathers and maple. We refinished them in ebony stain. I went to my local lumber mill to get some soft maple so it would match. I’ve never been there before. The owner was VERY knowledgeable and very eager to teach me all about wood. I spent about 3 hours there, mostly just talking and touring all the machines. We find about 20 board feet of really nice, flat air dried maple. I paid the man the 15 dollars he saw fit to charge me. Yeah, I’ll be back there a lot for sure!

Since I don’t have a planer yet, I asked if he could do it for a fee. This stuff was WAAAY to shaggy to belt sand. He said he was too old to do that kind of work anymore (at the low end, I would say he is late 70’s), but said he could easily teach me, and for free if I would help him with some pine. Awesome. I got to use a GIGANTIC thickness planer (no clue what brand, it said “Le Invincible” on it and was 460v). There is actually nothing to it other than adjusting cut depth and speed. I sent some pine through for him then on to my boards. 4 passes per board – each side fast then each side slow, feeding 2 boards at a time on the slow passes.

Long story short – this is what comes out:

Apparently this is ambrosia maple. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I would NOT want to throw some ebony stain on this. I’ve never seen furniture made from it though so I can’t tell how it would look. The plans I drew up for for a 40”w x 28” deep x 18” high entertainment center. two open shelves below the top, then two drawers below that. Should I chop this up and see how it turns out, or save it for some boxes/small pieces (note, the finish will be natural, not ebony if I use it)


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#1 posted 04-24-2012 09:17 AM

I would try linseed oil (only, no stain) on a scrap. I’ve had two hobbyists recommend it for the Ambrosia I purchased. I haven’t built anything from it yet so don’t have direct experience, but both said it really brings the grains and patterns to life.

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 12:15 PM

I would have to agree with MNgary, BOL is the way to go. I would then spray the piece with laquer, a few coats and that should do it. Just my 2 cents.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 12:28 PM

Thanks guys. I’ve just never seen furniture made from ambrosia. If I do decide to make it with this, I will definitely finish with BLO or some natural Danish oil that I have a recipe/ingredients for then wax it. I’m just worried the grain pattern will be too “busy”.


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