Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Chitown cornfields
Ambrosia Maple cookies in drying stage.
I was driving down the road and saw 3 maple trees being cut down, so I stopped. I walked up and and simply asked what was happening to the wood. They informed me that the large logs had been sold already.
Still, what I could see was a section of the tree base that I could use.
I asked them if they would cut me off about a 10" thick section of the tree base, and I would be glad to pay for it. They insisted I could have the piece for free.
So I got it on the truck (weighed a ton) and took it down to a friend who owns a local sawmill. He insisted that the mill wasn't suitable for cutting it, so we went after it with a chainsaw.
I was hoping for 2, 3" thick slices and got em done. These are 42" long
Immediately I took em home and backed up the backsides with some wood slats to try and help keep them from twisting while drying.
I understand it will check and crack, just due to the nature of the wood, but the warping I can't work with.
So I splashed mineral spirits on the one piece to see what the grains looked like.
These are Ambrosia Maple. In slab form they would look different. In this form it leaves a real explosive looking pattern.
Now comes the drying time. Likely in 3 months I'll be able to make a 4 place setting table out of the tops by joining them together.
Enjoy the photos, friends
Last edited by aardvark; 04-10-2016 at 07:24 AM.