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Forum topic by Fiddy posted 12-24-2016 09:18 PM 974 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2016 09:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood wormy finishing maple

Today I got a load of wormy maple and what appears to be a good deal – need to make some drawer fronts and various finishing parts for new shop projects.

I’ve never worked with it before and therefore never finished it. Looking for any advice on finishing products, techniques, etc.

Thanks in advance and Merry Christmas!

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#1 posted 12-24-2016 09:31 PM

I too was gifted a quantity of wormy maple. What I am going to do is sacrifice some cut offs and try different finishes. That way I can see what works and what I like.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 12-25-2016 03:47 AM

I like a clear finish on it. Either an alkyd varnish or a satin poly like the Satin Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane.

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

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#3 posted 12-26-2016 01:13 AM

it is actually ambrosia maple. caused by the ambrosia beetle. the staining is from there castings as they bore through the wood. every piece is unique. very cool. the finish should be whatever you feel most comfortable with and have had the best success. I like armor seal urethane. oil based, thin , easy to apply and forgiving in application. it is a general finishes product. a alternative finish, depending on what the project is, could be a Danish oil , sand paper applied. takes some time but with the right project, can have stellar results. what ever way you choose, don’t rush the finish. it takes as long as it takes.

-- haste makes firewood.

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#4 posted 01-05-2017 03:23 PM

I used poly on it for one of my projects and I liked how it came out. You can go to my ‘projects’ page and check it out. Also, I saw a project that @Boxguy did with ambrosia maple. I think it was called ‘Boxguy goes camo’. He describes his finishing method in another spot, but he used tung oil, then wipe on poly, then paste wax. His stuff is beautiful. I’m still learning…

-- Stephen - Georgia

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