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martin007

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2198 days ago

Hi All

I started milling my 8/4 maple for the construction of the holtzapffel workbench. I was very suprised and quite baffled when I discovered that the lumber is all curly maple. I wonder If I should keep this wood for venering. If so I would have to build the base out of 4/4 lumber which would take some extra time. Is curly maple common or not?

the workbench project is posponed :0)

thanks for your comments

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec


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ChicoWoodnut

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#1 posted 2198 days ago

Not really common but I do find it in piles of Maple at my local hardwood supplier. Usually right after a new shipment (not picked through already)

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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Betsy

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#2 posted 2198 days ago

Sure would be pretty.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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CelticDreamer

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#3 posted 2198 days ago

I guess my answer is a question – “why wouldn’t you use it?” If you have a project ready to be started and that is the wood you have available, go for it!

-- last night I played a blank tape at full volume - the mime next door went nuts!

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trifern

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#4 posted 2198 days ago

You could always ship it to me and I will put it to good use. Curly Maple is one of my favorites. It certainly would make a beautiful bench.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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OutPutter

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#5 posted 2198 days ago

If you paid plane maple prices and got curly, you should display your find each and every day on the bench. It would remind you forever the role serendipity plays in woodworking or any other form of artistic expresion.

-- Jim

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JJackson

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#6 posted 2198 days ago

Martin,

I read your story and I felt terrible on how you got cheated on your maple. I was so moved by the story I felt like I needed to help. Send me all that curly maple and I will send you back plain maple so your bench project can be started. Darn wood suppliers. I know, you are thinking what a great offer huh? : )

Build your bench out of curly maple. It will look amazing as long as you dye the maple to make it “pop”. Who knows, maybe the Lord just wanted you to have a curly maple bench?

Jeff

-- Jeff, Indiana

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herc

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#7 posted 2198 days ago

Hi Martin-

Curly maple would make a lovely workbench base. However, it is most likely soft curl from red maple (acer rudrum). If it is nice curl I would save it for another project and buy hard maple for the bench base. I built a 7’ bench out of birdseye and I reallly like it. Birdseye is an anomoly found in hard maple (acer saccharum) and is more resistant to denting and fracture than soft maple.

You may have hard curl altough hard curl is not nearly as common as soft curl. Whatever you use for your new workbench; I am sure it will last for generations to come.

Regards,

-- Denny, Upper Michigan

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martin007

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#8 posted 2198 days ago

I think it is hard maple, but How can I tell? any distinct differences

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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JerryS

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#9 posted 2191 days ago

What ever wood you decide to build it out of post pictures of it . Curly Maple sure would look pretty.

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brianinpa

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#10 posted 2191 days ago

Go ahead, but whatever you do, don’t paint it!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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