Curly Maple at Home Depot?

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Blog entry by Lenny posted 05-27-2012 10:35 PM 4399 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen posts of LJs delighted with a find of curly/tiger maple at HD. I never thought it would happen to me. Well today I went to HD for the 1×2 length of hard maple you see in the photos. Looking to my right I had to do a double take to be sure I was seeing…what I was seeing! Sure enough, 4-5 boards of curly maple (1×6). I have never seen this at my local HD before. I bought 3 boards totaling 20 linear feet. The slightly bad news is that I did not get the great buy that other LJs got. I paid $3.33/linear foot for a total of $66.60. Calculating it as 4/4 lumber 6 inches wide it comes out to 10 board feet so essentially it was $6.60/bd. ft. Of course it is already at 3/4 of an inch and only 5 1/2” wide but that’s close to what one gets after milling rough lumber. The comparison is that I last paid $7.27/bd.ft for 4/4 rough curly maple at my favorite lumber yard (Downes and Reader for the New England LJs). So it is a savings of roughly $.67 per board ft. but it is already milled. I will use this for box projects so it being at 3/4” is fine.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 10:43 PM

Nice find Lenny! You can rest your jointer and planer for a little while and still have beautiful curly maple at the ready.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 10:55 PM

well its always nice to be surprised lenny, yea the price is not a big money saver, but you got a surprise today, and you dont have to plane it or joint it, so , enjoy i really don’t care for the prices folks are charging in places like that, especially when the last time i bought walnut at my sawyer, he sold it to me for 2 bd ft… then go into say wood craft where they want to charge 7 and 8 bucks …i dont think i could ever do it…ill find a sawyer somewhere and get it for the really nice 2 to 3 bucks …enjoy…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 05-27-2012 11:21 PM

I would take it as a sign that somethin’ good is gonna happen.

Enjoy. Isn’t it funny how we know every piece of wood in the shop and where we got it?

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 05-28-2012 01:48 AM

Good find Lenny!
I’ll be considering tirer maple on my next project.
Looking for your next fine piece of craftsmanship!

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#5 posted 05-28-2012 08:43 AM

Thanks for the comments my friends.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 05-28-2012 09:23 AM

I just love a find like that! I often find great curly maple at one Lowes about 45 minutes from my house. But… whenever I go into a Borg, I always check out the maple. Most of those already assimilated have no use for curly maple and want that straight boring stuff… we woodworkers salivate at the site of it!! Nice score, Lenny!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 05-28-2012 11:47 AM

cool! so did they list it/recognize it as curly maple? or just maple? Meaning did they not know what they had?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 05-28-2012 12:43 PM

Sweet find Lenny looking forward in seeing what becomes of these curly timbers…Wilson

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#9 posted 05-28-2012 12:45 PM

The price doesn’t matter if it makes you happy!

Have fun with it Lenny!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 05-28-2012 01:16 PM

Thank you Ellen, Matt, Wilson and Dick. I agree with those who suggest “Have fun with it”. Matt, it’s being sold as regular hard maple. I had to find out if they realized so, with the maple in my hands, I stopped a guy (employee) I have seen and talked to several times and asked him. The conversation was similar to: “Do you know what this is? Maple? Do you know what kind of maple? He said it’s curly maple…see the stripes?” I said I know it’s curly maple. I wanted to know if you (HD) knew it. A big smile came to his face and he said it happens from time to time and he tries to get some when it does.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 05-28-2012 02:32 PM

Lenny, thats some beautiful wood. I dont you can get Curly Maple at Home Depot here.

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#12 posted 05-28-2012 02:37 PM

Nice find Lenny! I’ve found some nice maple at HD before, but never with any figure like that. I did find this amazing piece of “tiger striped” Poplar a long time ago though. Wish I could have found more boards like it. It made for some very interesting clocks.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#13 posted 05-28-2012 02:45 PM

Congrats on a great find.

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#14 posted 05-28-2012 02:55 PM

nice fine Lenny.

always nice to get a little something extra. hope it’ll find it’s way to perfect matching project

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 05-28-2012 04:58 PM

Every time I go I flip through the piles..I have found curly red oak as well….


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