Woodcraft Woodshop - Maple, Ambrosia - 2" x 8" x 8"
Ambrosia maple is technically not a specific species of maple, but rather a general description of any type of maple that has been infested by ambrosia beetles. The beetles bore into the tree, and...
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Ambrosia maple is technically not a specific species of maple, but rather a general description of any type of maple that has been infested by ambrosia beetles. The beetles bore into the tree, and with it bring fungus that discolors the wood. Ambrosia maple is considered a decorative feature which gives the wood additional character.
Maple (Acer saccharum) sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown. Straight, close grain with a fine, uniform texture. Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Maple has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as routers. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even color. Some common uses for hard maple include flooring (from basketball courts and dance floors to bowling alleys and residential), veneer, pulpwood, musical instruments, cutting boards, butcher blocks, workbenches, baseball bats, and other turned objects and specialty wood items.
- Wormy soft maple with intriguing patterns
- Heavy, hard, strong, and stiff with moderate shock resistance
- Turns, glues and finishes well
- Native to North America
- Thickness: 2"
- Width: 8"
- Length: 8"
- (1) Maple, Ambrosia - 2" x 8" x 8" - Turning Stock
- Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.
- Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.
- Cut from quality, kiln-dried stock. The grain runs with the longest dimension.
- Thin Stock is sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Carving and Turning Blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
- Plywood sizes are nominal, the dimensions are +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Larger blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
- Smaller blocks are sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Spindle stock, or stock that is 1-1/2" - 2" wide is sawn to +/-1/8" of the listed size.
Articles & Blogs
When a woodworker’s mind turns to maple, it revives images of golden autumn hues, sweet syrup, and honey-colored country furniture. And why not? Fall foliage of the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) draws millions of leaf “peepers” to New England and the Great Lakes’ states each year.
In this issue of Woodcraft Magazine, Tommy MacDonald of Rough Cut becomes a cooper, building this coopered leg table. A cooper is someone who makes wooden staved vessels. A woodstave is a narrow length of wood with a slightly beveled edge to form the sides of barrels, tanks, pipelines, and in this feature, legs for a beautifully built table made from Ambrosia Maple. Everything a cooper produces is referred to as cooperage. Tommy recreates this methodology in this issue and in this video from Season 3 of Rough Cut.