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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 04:16 PM
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I noticed those circular features in the maple and regardless of the feed direction on the planer it looks like they'll need the scraper.
I've always liked ash, I built all of my furniture out of it in the '80s. I'm more interested in the maple "circular features" you are talking about. Being new here I don't know if you don't know what that is for real or not. Its a light birdseye maple piece but I pay a fair amount of money to get pieces like that.
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I've always liked ash, I built all of my furniture out of it in the '80s. I'm more interested in the maple "circular features" you are talking about. Being new here I don't know if you don't know what that is for real or not. Its a light Birdseye maple piece but I pay a fair amount of money to get pieces like that.
Birdseye Maple is not technically a distinct species of Maple, but rather, it’s a figure that’s occasionally found in Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple) trees but millers also find bird's eye figure in red maple, white ash, Cuban mahogany, American beech, black walnut, and yellow birch. Trees that grow in the Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States yield the greatest supply, along with some varieties in the Rocky Mountains. It’s name “Birdseye” sometimes simply written out as Bird’s Eye Maple because the figure resembles small bird’s eyes.
The birdseye figure is reportedly caused by unfavorable growing conditions for the tree. The Sugar Maple attempts to start numerous new buds to get more sunlight, but with poor growing conditions the new shoots are aborted, and afterward a number of tiny knots remain. Birdseye Maple is frequently sold in veneer form, but solid lumber is available as well. Being tiny knots, the birdseye figure is most noticeable and pronounced on flatsawn pieces of lumber.
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Interesting read Stick and good information. I wasn't aware of the explanation behind the birdseye figure term but was aware of what it was. And I did suspect that this is what I had here but was more surprised that is feels a bit rough after running it through the planer with the helical head cutters (new cutters) hence the scraper mentioned. I haven't done anything yet with it and it's sitting on the prepared wood shelf. I may end up resawing this board for making a box or two.....
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I made my coffee tables and end tables from Ash i love the look of it. I used to have a friend when I lived in Western NY who owned a saw mill. He used to call it the poor mans Oak. It works and looks allot like White Oak He gave me a bunch of Ash boards. Bad news is the Ash borer Beetle is killing off all the trees there now.
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