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Forum topic by Gixxerjoe04 posted 02-15-2014 02:53 AM 1438 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2014 02:53 AM

So I found some ambrosia maple on Craigslist, never have used it or seen it around here so don’t know if it’s good wood looks and use wise I guess? It’s only 13/16 of an inch thick and at $3 a bf, is that a ok price? Is there anything I should be worried about or ask about?

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 04:01 AM

Works like soft maple.

That is an OK price if surfaced. Last batch purchased (Steve Wall Lumber), was about $2.40bd/ft, rough.

I’ve done a few projects. The wood is nice to work with, machines well.

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 04:44 AM

It’s just maple, with decoration. Not as cool when used on small projects, you need a big hunk of the wood to see what is going on with it. That is a good price. Check for straightness.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#3 posted 02-15-2014 04:57 AM

Well they’re 14’ boards

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#4 posted 02-15-2014 12:21 PM

Hi gixxer I think that’s a decent price. At least around me where I live it is, but I actually love working with ambrosia. If you have the cash I think you will too. It hand planes very nice. Make sure you have a sharp blade on your table saw. I did a dresser for my little wife using that and cherry. I say go for it

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 02-15-2014 12:35 PM

I got some a few cents cheaper on special a few years back. It was such a good price that I was going to use it to build my workbench base. Once I got it on my lumber rack, I couldn’t stand the thought of such pretty stuff being buried in my workshop, so it’s now penciled in for a kitchen table top (with a walnut base).

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#6 posted 02-15-2014 12:43 PM

As with all lumber prices your location dictates the price. Teak is pretty cheap… in indonesia. In eastern Canada Ambrosia is found on sale for around $5/bdf, so your price sounds like a steal to me.

It’s beautiful wood, I plan on making a top for a dining room table in the coming months out of it. There are often little holes throughout where the ambrosia beetle bore through the wood. I’ve sold many cutting boards from Ambrosia and I usually fill the holes but on a bigger project I wouldn’t bother.

Like Nicky said, it’s softer than regular maple, a fair bit lighter (in weight).

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#7 posted 02-15-2014 12:52 PM

Good price. I love ambrosia maple.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#8 posted 02-15-2014 01:41 PM

I used it for the background of a 5 ft bench as well as a few small boxes. The figure varies a lot as noted on my picture of a tinkerbell box from a lot of figure to very little on my bench.

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#9 posted 02-15-2014 01:41 PM

It’s simply maple. Coloration goes from good to awesome.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 02-15-2014 01:42 PM

Ambrosia Maple is beautiful, and I have made some really nice table tops with it. But the spalting in maple is caused by a fungus and care should be taken in it’s use. It can cause severe respiratory problems for some. As I said, I really like the look of ambrosia maple but I wear a respirator when working with it.
regards Ed

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#11 posted 02-15-2014 10:57 PM

Of course the guy hasn’t emailed me back yet about buying it, the joys of Craigslist. I did go pick up some walnut, maple and 2 boards of buckeye, 2.50 a bf planed to an inch and edged, better price than I had seen around here. Just bought the buckeye because it looked pretty cool, figured it’ll look better when it’s sanded and finished into something

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#12 posted 05-17-2014 11:45 AM

On the little holes leftover from the beetles, I’ve be thinking i might get things sanded almost to finish ready, then mix some epoxy tinted black and fill them. I think that would leave something close to the original appearance but give me a smooth surface…

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