Okay so today i got lucky and found some maple stock at work about 4" wide 3/4 thick. Cut off 7"x4" pieces to test.
All the cuts we're pretty clean and went smoothly. Problem arose when I went to put them together.
It seemed kind of tight but i was dilligent with my hammer applying even pressure across the whole board, got it sealed tight, turned it over and one peg broke..(Btw i tried making them "looser" according to the gauge, seemed a tad better, also note: with the pegs broke off, i noticed the remaining pegs left in the pin board could EASILY slide in and out which makes me believe the fitment is perfect.
Now My thinking was that the reason it actually broke was because instead of the grain running vertically with the tails, it was running horizontally. Would that make sense?
It's getting down to the wire now, my flamed maple board came in and it is STUNNING. I'm getting nervous but yet I'm still confident in myself..
I also picked up a nice piece of paduk to accent!