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Forum topic by therealSteveN posted 09-16-2020 05:10 AM 369 views 1 time favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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therealSteveN

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09-16-2020 05:10 AM

Hi all

I generally find wood for whatever I am working on at one of several wood places near me. Lately I had been on the search for some Curly Maple. I found it at all the usual haunts, but I wanted 2” or thicker. It quickly stated out to be a longer distance thing, and I am not usually warm and fuzzy about online wood.

So to my delight I happened onto CurlyMapleWood.com They are located close, and I had never heard of them????? I musta been sleeping. Williamsfield, OH. 44093 US

Now it’s catty corner from me in Ohio. I’m SW, Kevin is NE, but still not out to CaliOregon or something. This last bit might not help those out on the wrong coast, but from reading around here, there are a LOT of us in the middle, that would be beneficial in terms of freight cost. My pile was too heavy for me to carry, so I loaded it on my trusty 2 wheeler, and pushed it to the shop. I thought the shipping was quite reasonable, more so after I felt the weight.

Pics on the site are fabulous, large, and clear. The most important thing is you actually get the piece you looked at. Amazing wood, better than Ebay prices, and Kevin has the fat stuff

If you check the site, and have any questions, email Kevin. He’s at [email protected] Quick to respond, and seems like a nice guy.

I can only speak about my order.

Shipped in 2 days from buying, and I bought really late in the day. This is good if you NEED IT NOW!!!!!!

Packed well, all pieces came to me still rectangular, and not dented in corners, Unmarred in their awesomeness.

Ok A few pics. I got to shopping once there, so I got a lot of wood. Christmas presents are going down, and some bling wood was needed to make em special. Most of this will be a few bandsaw boxes, and some lid panels panels.

Unfortunately the best piece, at least to me is the only pic that isn’t a big one, but you can still tell I think. 2” x 7×16 Ambrosia Curly 24 bux.

This next piece was also 2+ inches thick, and longer. It’s 5×47” I need 4” width, and around 9” length for what I am thinking about, so I’ll get 5 of them from this piece. It was pricier at 69 bux, comes out around 5.76 bd/ft. About 12 bux a bd/ft, but compared to 46.99 bd/ft for 6/4 at WoodCraft I thought it was ok

LOML wants a Jewelry box. She has shown me a flat type of box, with dividers. I saw this, and though it would make a nice top. It’s a 1” x 11×17 so I’ll have plenty to work with. This was 37 bux, again the width, and character is better than what I had been seeing. It’s not salted all the way through, but over half the width is pretty wild.

I got some bark inclusion figured maple too. Not sure what I am going to use it on yet, but it will make a splash with that 1950’s zulu madness look. I believe they call this a spur of the moment purchase. I’m still happy with it. 2 pieces 13/16×5 x 11, 27 bux.

I got several other pieces 2 “packs” with a number of smaller pieces, but all of it is 2” Some drawer front boards for a set of 4 drawers about 5” tall, a other stuff. I can say I am happy with every piece.

Review isn’t paid for, just tickled to pieces with the wood I got for the $$$$$ Usually I steer clear of the bling, but I think Kevin is gonna become my bling dealer of choice, especially when I need 2” or thicker. Plus he has more than Maple.

-- Think safe, be safe


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#1 posted 09-16-2020 11:01 AM

I looked around the site – a lot of nice lumber and it’s 1 hour 39 minutes from me. I’ll be waiting to see your curly project soon.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 09-16-2020 11:18 AM

Definitely going on my lumber supply list

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 09-16-2020 12:30 PM

Wow! Nice find. Thanks for sharing.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#4 posted 09-16-2020 12:38 PM

Wow, that site is fantastic SteveN. Thanks for sharing. And it’s not just Maple, lots of other figured domestics there too in thicknesses up to 12/4. Great stuff. A box and small project makers bonanza :-) Definitely bookmarked and will end up sending them money in the future!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 09-16-2020 01:22 PM

Love Curly Maple, thanks for the valuable information.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 09-16-2020 01:25 PM

Wow! Nice find. Thanks for sharing.
- GaryCK

Times TWO !

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#7 posted 09-17-2020 01:03 AM

I forgot to say, it came to me square, and if I have to do any prep work, it’ll be minimal. The machinists square says it’s ready to go. Also it’s all Kiln dried. I put the meter on it, and got an average of 7 to 8. Actually that surprised me, usually sending wood on a journey, even a short one makes it suck up some moisture.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 09-18-2020 07:16 PM

A companion piece for the first one I posted will come from this. Ambrosia Wormy Curl 1.5 plus x 6.25×10 plus, 19 bux

This is just a stick, but at 2×2 x 11 plus, for 23 bux. I’m seeing some scales for a knife blank I have, and I think still some left for a set for a .22 I have with plain grips.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 09-20-2020 01:28 AM

They have some of the best wood I have ever seen.
Wish they were near me.

-- James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 09-20-2020 01:49 AM

RealSteveN,

Great post!!! Nice photos accompanied by descriptions, Thank you for the lead on fancy maple at good price.

It is pretty far from WA or AZ but another source to check. I have priced Woodcraft and fancy maple can floor you with their prices.

I definitely will check out their site.

Dave

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA

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#11 posted 09-20-2020 01:59 AM

Usually, I get any Maple from the Menard’s over in Sidney, OH. Sold as Random Length/width….able to sort through the rack…..have found some curly stuff in there. Also some Alder, Hickory. And the usual Oak….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#12 posted 09-20-2020 03:07 AM

that is some damn nice maple,ill need to put them in my to go too list.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 09-20-2020 03:25 AM


They have some of the best wood I have ever seen.
Wish they were near me.

- James E McIntyre

James, Get in touch with Kevin at the site @ [email protected] Pick a few pieces you like, and ask how much it would cost to ship them to you.

They have pics with several views with each piece, well mostly each piece, sometimes he has a “pack” where he will bundle a few pieces, and with them usually less pics, but always at least 2 for each piece, and in the hand they look like they do online. It’s like you are looking directly at each piece, plus he stands behind the wood, so even if you didn’t agree it looked as good as the pic, I imagine he would make it right.

So far I’ve been floored with the quality of each piece I have gotten, and I have never gone up to the physical location. Shipping prices have been quite agreeable. Maybe I didn’t say it clearly enough earlier, at Flea Bay I have gotten some great wood, but every time I have bought there the shipping was as much as the wood, definitely not the case at CurlyMapleWood.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 09-20-2020 03:52 AM



Usually, I get any Maple from the Menard s over in Sidney, OH. Sold as Random Length/width….able to sort through the rack…..have found some curly stuff in there. Also some Alder, Hickory. And the usual Oak….

- bandit571

bandit, yes we all have seen a piece of curly in the mix of general wood. Let me know when you find some looking like what I am talking about here, and especially in 2” thickness. Plus your per bd/ft price is probably closer what I am seeing at CurlyMapleWood. My question is why aren’t you buying hardwood at one of the many great sellers locally? For plain stock, and even kinda curly you aren’t that far from a few darn good sources.

Drop down 68 and see Chad some day. If you get 10 bd/ft I guarantee it will be better stock, and you will easily save your gas price over buying hardwood at Menards.

https://crlumber.com

-- Think safe, be safe

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#15 posted 09-20-2020 07:44 AM

Have an entire chest of drawers sitting over in Huber heights at my Daughter’s place,,,,made with mostly Curly Maple, with Walnut accents….

Normally, I go to a friend on mine about…10 miles from my house…and buy Ash…....

At about $0.80 a board foot….

I might mention that my real name is…..Steven C. Newman

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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