Bookmatched Maple Boards fresh from the sawmill

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Project by HalDougherty posted 08-03-2009 06:49 PM 7231 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few photos of the log I sawed this morning. It’s sugar maple from someones yard and it was removed by a tree service. I’ve included photos of two sets of bookmatched boards that are 12” wide by 100” long and 1” thick. These photos were taken right after the boards were sawn. The only thing I did was to sweep the sawdust from them and position them as I took them from the mill. After lunch I’ll coat the ends with anchorseal and put them in the covered shed to dry for 30 to 45 days, then they go in the kiiln… I can’t wait till these are ready to make gunstocks. I cut several 12” slabs 1/4” thick to see if they dry without too mch twisting. It would be nice to press laminate blanks without resawing dried boards and surfaceing them before glue up. I know furniture makers want clear white maple, but for beautiful gunstocks, nothing beats the color of maple with dark streaks of color and lots of rays in the grain. There are too many saw marks to be able to see the tiger strip, but I took a plane and smoothed a section to see what I’m going to get. Time go finish lunch and get back to the sawmill.


-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 06:50 PM

beautiful material. Wish it were mine

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 06:58 PM

Gunstocks ? I thought you were making a table top out of these beauties ! Nice find : )

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 07:14 PM

My aren’t those pretty.

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 07:47 PM


Looking at your site is what got all this started. And when my wife sees this lumber I may be making a table or two instead of gunstocks.


-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 09:15 PM

sweeeeett!!! Man I wish i had that kind of luck

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 09:40 PM

It sure is beautiful.

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#7 posted 08-03-2009 09:41 PM

The first picture looks like the face of an animal.

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#8 posted 08-03-2009 09:50 PM

Funny, as the thumbnail was loading, I glanced at it and thought someone made some wooden trousers… (squint and look at it)

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#9 posted 08-03-2009 10:56 PM

A Rorschach test, except for woodworkers!

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#10 posted 08-04-2009 04:06 PM

Hey, I’m not taking the blame Hal…keep up the good work.

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#11 posted 01-21-2010 10:27 PM

Wonderful color and patterns… can’t you just finish the surfaces and hang them…

kind of a woodworkers idea of abstract expressionism.

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#12 posted 09-25-2010 06:52 PM

What great looking lumber Congrats!

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#13 posted 11-02-2010 08:54 PM

I did not know sugar maple could look so good….

Nice to have a mill so close.

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