I'm building a project using curly maple for a nightstand top. I've never
used this wood before, so can anyone advise any tips/tricks for working it?
I heard that it has a tendency to tear out when planing. Thanks in
One tip is to wet the surface with a wet spong soaked in distilled water and
let it sit for a minute. Then run through your planer. The softened fibers
will tear out much less.
I'm sure if you do a google search using "figured wood tearout" as the
keywords you would get a wealth of additional info.
Just watch that you have a clean sponge. I tried this today and found
out that my sponge was laced with mold of some kind that sprouted
little blue dots after a half hour. It wasn't my intended look. Didn't
have any tearout, though it will still raise the grain. The better
option for small pieces is to run it through the table saw if you have
a good blade (60-80 tooth)
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