Spalted Maple Projects #1: Milling Lumber

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 01-13-2012 04:37 AM 8538 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few months back. Mike (jockmike2) and I went in together on a couple hundred board feet of air dried lumber at Raven’s Farm, a mill that is local to us. The cost came out to about 1.25 a board foot which was a steal as far as I was concerned. Boards have been setting for a bit, with a dozen getting acclimated to the shop. I don’t have the space for a jointer so have been working the boards with a recent plane addition and then running them through my Ridgid.

Woodworking is my hobby and not my bread and butter. I am good with the slow pace of hand planning. I have a couple jointers and a jack plane and all I really have to do is flatten the board and put on an edge. The boards don’t have to be perfectly clean, just flat, before cutting them down to size and running them through the planer.

What I like most about hand planing is the slow reveal -

The moment when you realizze that what you have in front of you is something special. This was all cut from one tree, it has spalting and some flair and what is this? A little bit of Bird’s eye I see?

The stuff looks pretty plain when you buy it, didn’t really know what we had when we picked it up. Just knew there was some spalting in it, but look at that luminence -

And a nice little stack out of two slabs with about a dozen more to go -

I have some knots I have to work around and I separate the really wild grain pieces for potential panels and small table tops, but this is really going to be fun. I hope to have some eye catching pieces to share with my LJ friends soon.

Happy Woodworking!


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 01-13-2012 05:13 AM

Very cool, and what a steal!

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 05:14 AM

yep that has some beautiful figure…and your right, doing it by hand does give you the fun of a slow reveal..have fun with these boards, make something that shows this wonderful figure, ive got a walnut plank that i can see is going to knock my socks off…it will be a table top or something that lets me and all my jock friends, enjoy the beauty….im really excited..and i know you must be also, i love maple…thanks for reminding us of how the wood use to be and still is opened up to our eyes…grizz

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

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 07:13 AM

Great deal, keep us updated

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 04:48 PM

Beautiful wood!

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David Craig

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 09:52 PM

Thanks for the comments, encouragement, and interest guys :) Looking forward to seeing your project Grizz. Nice to see you out here Charles, been awhile (for me anyways :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 12:41 AM

super beautiful hunk-a-hunk-a wood slabs. wow !

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 01-14-2012 02:40 AM

Now I can’t wait to see what mine look like.

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

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 03:55 AM

A very nice find and at a great price. Looking forward to the outcome.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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