Curly Maple from Home Depot

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Blog entry by McLeanVA posted 10-06-2009 02:53 AM 5641 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alas, it IS possible to find figured maple at the big box stores. Ran over to HD during a lunch break last week for some lawn stuff and “figured” I’d try my luck on finding a diamond in the rough I hear often enough on LJs. Well, all be darned if I didn’t run across an 11ft piece of some curly maple. Just glad I was there to rescue it from being abused by a weekend warrior who may have used it to support a deck or something.

I think I may have a new lunch hobby.

Curly Maple from Home Depot

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 02:56 AM

thats crazy

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 03:01 AM

Best part Kosta… it was $0.98 per linear foot.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 03:04 AM

Great piece of wood. Nice catch. I’ve seen them there myself and have picked up a few that had milew on them and I got them for $0.79 a board

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 03:05 AM

Wow, great find. I usually have to pick through pretty hard to even find decent poplar at our HD

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#5 posted 10-06-2009 03:05 AM

Great Score.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 10-06-2009 03:06 AM

Great find. I always look when there, just in case…..

-- Powered by Smith & Wilson~~~

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#7 posted 10-06-2009 03:07 AM

Karson, Yes I saw those there too. The stock was filled with pieces with great spalting/mildew/greening (?). I just couldn’t take my eye off the curly. I need to find out when they get their shipments.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#8 posted 10-06-2009 04:11 AM

WOW! I’m not far from you, in Rockville, MD. I better go back to HD and check out their stock!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 10-06-2009 04:35 AM

Nice work….have been working on a crib for a while, and found some spalted birch ply for the “headboard” portion at the HD near me. Sometimes the sun even shines a dog’s a…...............!!!!!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#10 posted 10-06-2009 04:57 AM

Strange as it may seem. I found a 6’ piece of Curly Maple at Menard’s….....I’ve checked for more every time I was in the store since to no avail.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 10-06-2009 05:00 AM

well done quite the find, I once found quater swan white oak at a HD.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#12 posted 10-06-2009 05:52 AM

I think you got a deal. Nothing like that at the nearest HD where I live.

-- Mike, VT

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#13 posted 10-06-2009 12:15 PM

I never find anything as sweet as that …. We don’t have HD here in Australia.. LOL
In my lunch hour a few years ago I would walk along the esplanade and check out the white pointers and the bronze whalers on the beach…

-- Be safe.

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#14 posted 10-06-2009 05:13 PM

You’re talking about sharks right? Larry?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 10-07-2009 01:06 AM

I sell soft maple where I work, A customer bought a beautiful piece of curley maple a while back, we just sell it as maple, what ever they ship we sell as maple, the next day he brought it back, wanted to pick another piece, said he could not , no matter how hard he tried, sand those defects out of that board, I just took it back, said you dont deserve that piece anyways and he picked a white boring piece of maple, his return is in one of my projects now.

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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