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Curly Maple
« on: December 15, 2017, 07:16:11 PM »
I just picked up an 8' Maple log with some figure in it. I do not have a saw mill, so I will have to take it to someone who does. My question is, what would be the best way to saw this to get the most figure to show? Maybe it doesn't make much difference. If it does, I want to be sure to convey this to the sawyer.
 Ultimately, I plan to cut the boards down to 3/4 or 7/8" square pieces to build some Ice Fishing traps.

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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2017, 07:22:21 PM »
The last curly maple butt log I acquired I quarter sawed it for guitar necks for a customer.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2017, 07:54:13 PM »
Was that because of the dimension they needed of was that to bring out more figure? As you can already tell, I know nothing about sawing!! I can get them down, out to the landing, bucked up and trucked to the mill, with no problem, but after that...well, I don't know.

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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2017, 08:35:52 PM »
The guy buying the lumber wanted quartersawn 5/4 x 3-1/4" x length of the log.
I did not ask too many questions just did the best I could to give him what he wanted.
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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2017, 08:06:22 AM »
Fish traps from curly maple say_what
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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2017, 08:17:03 AM »
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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2017, 08:39:47 AM »
I think you'll get the most... chatoyance  ;D and figure plainsawing it.

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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2017, 08:53:39 AM »
Chatoyance - I don't hear that used very often, but it probably should be.  I don't really see chatoyance in lumber off the mill until it's planed.
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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2017, 09:39:37 AM »
We have to pull that one out every now and again  ;D
Planed and oiled is when it really pops that "cat's eye" flash when you move the board around in the light.

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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2017, 12:37:47 PM »
  One of my customers that is a logger, had a nice curly maple log. One day a guy came into the yard, saw the roughly 28x16ft log and offered him $1700 for it. Needless to say the logger delivered the log to him.
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« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2017, 04:50:44 PM »
Okay, I will ask....why not ice traps?? lol
What is plainsawing?

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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2017, 06:03:49 PM »
Same reason you don't make fish chowda with salmon. 
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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2017, 06:21:44 PM »
Basically take boards from the best face first set up parallel to the bark. When the grade drops move to the next best face and take boards parallel to the bark from that until the grade drops. Go face by face this way then square up the tapered cant and take low grade boards or a square timber from the core.

In my mind the best figure is going to be tangent to the growth rings. The guy opening up the log might see something different.

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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2017, 07:05:35 PM »
Same reason you don't make fish chowda with salmon.

HAHA, thats a good one! I get it now. I guess the big difference is The chowda is gone the next day, traps last a lifetime. :D
Fortunately, I do not have a nickle in it. One of the log yards I haul into, at times, may have some odd ends they trimmed off a log. I asked the wood buyer if sometime he had one with some figure in it, I would like a piece. I didn't need a whole log. That's why I would like to make the best of what I have.

Thanks Don P. I will try to find someone who knows what you are saying. I certainly do not know the right questions to ask the sawyer. Most of the guys with the portable mills around here, mostly saw dimensional lumber or boarding boards from softwood, so I am not sure who I may find that has much hardwood sawing experience.







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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2017, 07:29:13 PM »
Where about are you located Firewood Dealer?
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« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2017, 08:05:26 PM »
Mid coast of Maine.

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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2017, 09:12:30 PM »
FD,

   First you asked how to get the most figure and best look out of the lumber then you said you were going to make fish traps. Sounds like a pretty high value log to me and unless you are displaying it in an art show somewhere do you really think the fish care what it looks like? ;D

    If it were me I think I would be looking for a much cheaper wood for fish traps. I could understand White Oak if you are looking for strength and durability but appearance of the wood in a fish trap would not be a driving concern for me. To each his own. If you like I have some cherry and walnut I'll sell you that will really make some pretty fish traps too. :D

   Good luck on the sawing and the fishing.
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« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2017, 09:31:09 PM »
Who knows, maybe they will turn out good and be able to sell some to the "L.L.Bean" type of fisherman!! :D They like to pay big bucks for something "custom".

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Re: Curly Maple
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2017, 09:45:13 PM »
Same reason you don't make fish chowda with salmon. 

Depends on how much salmon you have.  ;D :)
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« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2017, 10:01:31 PM »
Mid coast of Maine.

Farming Sawyer is over your way and is a FF member.  Also could try Melvin Yoder in Corinna, he's been sawing a long time.
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