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    Curly Maple

    Friend Robert called me a couple days ago. His planer was broken, and parts were on backorder so he needed to use mine to plane a dozen pieces of walnut for a Christmas project he's working on.

    Anyway, he brought it over, and we ran it through my 15" planer - just took a few minutes, since it only took a couple passes per piece.

    As 'payment', sorta, he brought me a really nice piece of rough cut maple. It was 1" thick, 14" wide, and a bit over 10 feet in length, but had a slight twist pretty much right in the middle. To make it usable/planable, I cut it into two five footers, and ran it through the planer. Since it had been sawed with on a circular mill, it was pretty rough, and I lost not quite a quarter inch in smoothing it out, but it came out great! Take a look:
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    WOW. That is purty stuff.

    Any ideas on what your going to make with it?
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    That sure does dance, pretty stuff
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    thaat totsally is outragoues jim shame on you for taking it from him,,,, thats some fine maple fer sure!!!
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    That's some gorgeous wood, Jim. Based on what I've seen, I'd call it more of a curly maple instead of quilted maple, though. Whatever the name, it's sure to make something beautiful. Sometime little favors pay back in big ways, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    That's some gorgeous wood, Jim. Based on what I've seen, I'd call it more of a curly maple instead of quilted maple, though. Whatever the name, it's sure to make something beautiful. Sometime little favors pay back in big ways, huh?
    Yeah, it is more of a curly (or 'tiger') maple than quilted. Sure is nice stuff, though!

    I'll probably resaw some of it for boxes, etc.

    I may even break down and try a small platter with some of it - just to keep you spinny guys happy.
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    Looks like prime box materials to me. Especially since you can get a lot of feet of resawn wood. A platter would also be nice. How big of piece can your lathe swing?

    While looking up those pictures, I also tried to figure out the difference between curly, tiger, and fiddleback maple. Anybody have a good reference source?
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    That is some real nice stuff . Just love curlie maple. Just finished a box using it, will post some day, makes a good looking box, cant wail to see what you create with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Looks like prime box materials to me. Especially since you can get a lot of feet of resawn wood. A platter would also be nice. How big of piece can your lathe swing?

    While looking up those pictures, I also tried to figure out the difference between curly, tiger, and fiddleback maple. Anybody have a good reference source?
    try hearn hardwoods vaughn,, they know wood pretty well, i think the terms kinda blend together.. but any way you look at it its purty
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    Man! you could make a lot of veneer out of that! I wanna plane some wood for that guy!. Out here in Phoenix, figured maple is ridiculously expensive, even moreso that other exotics, it seems. Very gloat-worthy!

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