Spalted Maple aaaaaaaand... what?

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Forum topic by Jeff_in_LSMO posted 01-23-2014 03:09 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2014 03:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spalted maple

I picked up a nice slab of spalted maple last summer at a local mill, it was a deal I couldn’t pass up, and I’ve decided to use it as a floating top to an entertainment center I’m building. It’s not really nice enough to make veneer for those of you who are going to yell about wasting a good piece of wood.

Once I put a straight edge on one side the board is only 14” wide. I need it to be 20” wide, so I am ripping it into 10” and 4” wide boards, and I am joining a 6” wide accent board in between.

Here is an image of what i want to do.

My question is regarding what species of wood I can use for the accent board? As you can see in the picture, I plan on finishing the accent with a red high gloss lacquer, so I’m not really concerned about using a nice figured wood or anything like that.

Will I run into problems if I glue in a piece of poplar, or does it need to be something like oak for stability?

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#1 posted 01-23-2014 04:06 PM

I think poplar is a good choice because of the way it takes paint. The only thing I have ever heard about mixing wood is that you try not to mix kiln dried with air dried lumber because they will except moister at different rates and that it may cause problems. Running it down the edge that way I would be surprised if you had problems. Of course there are some very educated people on this site and someone could give a better explanation as to what the best choice would be.Good luck with the project it looks like a nice piece of wood.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 08:32 AM

I have mixed poplar with 100 year old repurposed red oak without a problem.
In fact, the poplar is finished with the same polyurethane and it looks too beautiful to hide!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 08:43 AM

Or use padauk rather than red lacquer.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 09:11 AM

+1 to Rick, do the piece of wood justice with a true wood that is red in color. I think you will be much happier with the design all together. I made the mistake of glueing a poplar strip into a beautiful walnut table top and ended up ripping the strip out and replacing it with curly maple. Made a huge difference.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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