Has anyone ever seen soft maple (red maple) like this

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#1 posted 09-17-2019 04:58 PM

Looks like a shadow from an orange snow fence,

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#2 posted 09-17-2019 06:31 PM

We were planing a load of lumber fresh from our kilns and came across these about 100bf, the color goes all the way through the boards. It happened naturally in the tree some how

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#3 posted 09-18-2019 05:11 AM

Well if you’re in the business of cutting, and selling hardwoods. I’d say that is some of that extremely rare $250 a bd/ft Maple also know as Bandit Maple. :-)

On a more serious note this is the widest library of figured woods that I know of. Take a looksee at Block Mottle.

“block mottle—- A form of wood figure (specifically, a form of mottle figure) in which the mottle is moderately well organized and has moderately well defined edges.”

I’d say that is very well organized, and has extremely well defined edges of the splotches. So regular it looks like a Formica patttern.

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#4 posted 09-18-2019 07:31 AM

No i have not. That is awesome!

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#5 posted 09-18-2019 09:35 AM

I have never seen that before, and it looks really nice! I think it could look good as a table top on a dining table.


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#6 posted 09-18-2019 10:13 AM

Pretty cool.

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#7 posted 09-18-2019 10:43 AM

This is pretty damn cool
You selling? Where are you located?

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#8 posted 09-18-2019 01:50 PM

There’s something fishy going on with that wood. :)

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#9 posted 09-18-2019 03:40 PM

Its definitely for sale Lewis Lumber Products in Picture Rocks PA,

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#10 posted 09-18-2019 06:59 PM

I wonder if it goes away with a finish on it. Try some mineral spirits.

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#11 posted 09-18-2019 07:42 PM

What does the face look like?

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#12 posted 09-18-2019 07:54 PM

It shows up the same on both faces

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#13 posted 09-18-2019 08:04 PM

So face and edge are the same. It’s not a quarter sawn type of thing. Interesting. Thanks

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#14 posted 09-18-2019 11:40 PM

Have seen that mottle pattern before on soft maple?

IMHO – only looks cool in a very large panels, large projects, or for wall covering.
Attempted to use it on frame and panel cabinet doors one time. On small door panels you see maybe 2-4 of the bottle shapes, and it sort of looks like a botched finishing job using a pigment stain. Made it work on small panels by having a continuous pattern across all the panels of large kitchen (which was a lot of work to make happen).
Also, Using it for table tops lets you see enough of pattern to understand it’s not a mistake, assuming you are careful with panel glue up. Using dye and just enough color to highlight the pattern works best.

Not my style these days, as once finished a panel(s) looks like 50-60’s art deco wall paper design.
Last used that wood back in days when black/white Polaroid came out, and we used Kodak film to record projects. Know I have a pic of similar mottled wood in a ‘mod squad’ kitchen (as we called it), somewhere in attic archives.

Thanks for bring back that memory.

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#15 posted 09-19-2019 11:45 AM

We sort through alot of maple here and im talking 100s of thousands of board feet yearly and this is new to us so thanks for helping out its much appreciated

-- Sam

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