A friend of mine (Bruce) is a logger in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and also owns a sawmill, while up there building a 32 x 44 garage for a customer the past three weeks,Bruce asked me to take home some of his birdseye maple to make some bookcases for his wife. The carcase will be made out of maple plywood and the face frames and raised panel doors (at the bottom of the bookcases) will be made from the birdseye. The question I have is how to make the birdseye face frames and doors without risking the tearout from the "eyes" of the birdseye? My thought process tells me to first saww all stock to size and run through my drum sander instead of my planer to achieve final size and smoothness....any input/suggestions?
steve, you`re on the right track using a sander, i`d use a fine tooth saw blade too....even if you burn the stock cutting it the eyes will be intact after sanding.....a standard rip blade tends to pull out the eyes......tod
it`s a crap shoot even with the best insert cutters on the planet running spurs for every leading edge birdseye will be a gamble.....you can try and stabilize them with epoxy but then you`ve gotta finishing nightmare.. you could make the actual panels out of straight grained maple then apply the birdseye as veneer? this would be the aproach i`d use if it where me doing the job.....tod