birdseye maple table - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 Old 09-15-2010, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 4
View mattfrancom's Photo Album My Photos
Unhappy birdseye maple table

Hi, I am relatively new to wood working. I love Birdseye maple and I realize i should be building things out of plain sawn oak or birch but I just can't help myself. I want to build a dining room table out of birdseye maple for the fam. I have some decent equipment but not top of the line. Since I have not worked with birdseye before I am a little scared of ruining my $500.00 worth of medium to high figured 4/4 10'x12" planks. I understand tear-out and such is a major problem with birdseye. Do I just need to make sure all my equipment is tuned up and sharp or are there other secrets to working with birdseye maple?
Matt
mattfrancom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 09-15-2010, 04:36 PM
The Man
 
Masterofnone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kansas
Posts: 758
View Masterofnone's Photo Album My Photos
How much can you spare? If it were me, I'd begin by making something much smaller out of it and see how it reacts...
Masterofnone is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 09-15-2010, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 4
View mattfrancom's Photo Album My Photos
Actually I do have some to spare, I will experiment with some of it first. Good idea. My main concern is plaining it. I have a Smaller dewalt not a big name in high end tools. But I am planning on getting new blades before I start. Do you think Birdseye is really that different than normal maple?
mattfrancom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 Old 09-15-2010, 04:49 PM
The Man
 
Masterofnone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kansas
Posts: 758
View Masterofnone's Photo Album My Photos
I have to be honest, I've never worked with it. That's why I suggested a trial run first. But lets be honest, the best tools in the world don't make up for operator error, which I am notorious for! I agree the tools should be in good condition and the blades sharp, but that doesn't make up for experience. You're obviously the careful, patient type, or you wouldn't have come here, so you've got that going for you!

See how it reacts to your tools and then go from there. Good luck!
Masterofnone is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 09-15-2010, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 4
View mattfrancom's Photo Album My Photos
OK, Well thank you for your advice. I will do some trials on some scrap also I will do my best to avoid operator error. i agree nothing can replace good old fashion experience.
Matt
mattfrancom is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 09-15-2010, 06:40 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Fredericksburg Texas
Posts: 11
View the marlboro man's Photo Album My Photos
The trick to figured , fiddelback or quilted lumber is cut it always 3/16 big of whatever face is showing and go find yourself a shop with a widebelt sander and sand it down. I've seen a man use a scraper with decent success but for a professional look go find a sander and tell him you'll give him your first born to sand it down.
the marlboro man is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to the marlboro man For This Useful Post:
mattfrancom (09-15-2010)
post #7 of 9 Old 09-15-2010, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 4
View mattfrancom's Photo Album My Photos
Marlboro Man,
OK that actually make a lot of sense. I believe I wil do exactly that. It is of course a lot of work with a hand held belt sander but I do have one. Is there any trick to making sure I get it all uniformly sanded other than by look and fee of the peicel?
mattfrancom is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 09-15-2010, 07:38 PM
Senior Member
 
burkhome's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Waupun, WI
Posts: 1,448
View burkhome's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattfrancom View Post
Marlboro Man,
OK that actually make a lot of sense. I believe I wil do exactly that. It is of course a lot of work with a hand held belt sander but I do have one. Is there any trick to making sure I get it all uniformly sanded other than by look and fee of the peicel?
Marlboro Man is saying to find a shop with a wide pro sander. I concur. It will cost you a buck or two but results will be worth it. Most cabinet shops have them and the small ones will usually help.

Roger from the Great Horicon Swamp
burkhome is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 09-15-2010, 09:24 PM
Senior Member
 
fromthehills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 177
View fromthehills's Photo Album My Photos
I wish I had a a big sander.

I wouldn't attempt a hand held belt sander. Could spell bad news for your nice material.

timber framer and custom cabinet builder
fromthehills is offline  
Reply

Tags
birdseye maple

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Birdseye maple (and other species) Daren Forestry & Milling 17 07-31-2010 10:21 AM
Birdseye Maple hdschoedel Woodturning 10 04-30-2010 06:53 PM
Trade Jatoba or Mahogany for Birdseye Maple Dvoigt Classifieds 0 08-07-2009 10:37 AM
Birdseye Maple Crib hcplanner Project Showcase 14 04-25-2009 09:02 PM
entertainment centre in walnut and birdseye maple redmtnfurniture Project Showcase 1 04-05-2008 05:58 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome