I am about to order the material for my kitchen cabinets.
For the ff's, is there any preference for hard or soft maple. Keep in
mind I will be painting the whole enchilada.
I've got a good sale price of 46 bucks a sheet of mdf plywood core
3/4". A competitor for J Classic Lam.
Found a good local source hardwood business that has a number of
stores around So. Cal.
I was thinking that hard maple would be stronger, but does soft have
an advantage for glue ups?
I am building a mobile rack for the plywood, hope to have it finished
and rolling, tomorrow.
Well we have oak frames in the house, and they weathered well for 40
years. No discernable nicks, and tough as nails to disassemble.
Yes, Paintability is my main concern but Poplar, me, and white paint
don't seem to get along to well together.
On the Janka scale, hard maple is about 1450 while white oak is about
1350 and red oak more like 1300. For comparison soft maple is 950, same
as cherry and walnut is about 1000.
It will have a "blander" characteristic than would hard maple for a
clearcoat finish; it doesn't have the highlights and occasional eye that
does hard maple, even if not selected for figure. If an opaque finish
is planned, soft will be easier to get uniform finish with but will need
proper surface prep...
Yep. Particularly if your tools are not setup properly and/or are on the
Also, reaction wood, and maple has its share, can make it worse.
That said, you can get lucky and find the burn parts can be sanded out
without too much ado, and, if you're painting, might not be that big of
I certainly would not make that a deciding factor, all other things
I do use a ton of maple these days. Got a good deal on some, which Leon
got on to also.
That depends upon how much you want and what grade. If you want 25 brd.ft.
it will cost more than 250 brd.ft. If you want FAS or select it will cost
more than #1 common.
It also depends upon where you buy it. Buy locally - assuming "locally"
isn't near the source - and it will cost more than a place close to the
source; buy there and you have to factor in freight. Which can be
horrendous. I recently bought 200 ft+ of mahogany at $5.25/brd.ft. Total
cost was about $1230 + $212 freight from NC to central Florida.
It also depends upon the vendor. One place in NC has soft maple for $2.60,
another at $3.65.
BTW, IMO is is folly to buy FAS/Select in many cases. Judicicious cutting
of #1 common can result in considerable savings. For little stuff like face
frames - particularly when it will be painted - #1 common is appropriate.
Hmmm, I just got 200bf from NC down to the pointy end of Fla,
and the shipping was free. 100bf of some kind of mahogany
(probably khaya or something African) and 100bf of poplar
for about $650 total.
Of course, the only reason it was shipped free was I drove
up there in the pickup truck...my employer wanted me up there
and they pay for me to drive, and don't care if I use the
car or the truck.
No, 7', which is a bit of an awkward size.
OTOH 14' would have been a bit of a problem too, because my
truck has an 8' bed. I can carry 12' with the tailgate down
and no need for a flag/light, but 14' might get a trooper's
All that I got was 14' or a tad more. They offered to cut them to 7' but I
declined as I needed some longer than that, prefer to do my own cutting.
What I got was quite nice...6"+ to 12", relatively flat, generally one edge
straight enough for ripping. Thick too; I can get 7/8 out of all of it,
frequently 15/16, sometimes 1". Also, quite pretty and almost no bad spots.
Your usage of unfamiliar terms means more learning, I see. :)
I was told either 2.14 or 3.14 bd ft for S3S Soft maple and 3.47 for
Hard S3S Maple.
So when I get back to the store and order I'll firm up those prices
and how much I need before I put down the Cash.
Today was a bad day, the 2 year old Yellow Lab started throwing up,
then puking up everything in her tummy. She went out in the back yard,
ate a bunch of grass, drank water and puked up everything shortly
after. Within an hour she drank a lot of water and puked it all up.
What a mess, ran her to the vet, end result surgery. She had swallowed
a rock, fortunately it was smooth. We pick her up tomorrow. I told the
surgeon to save me the rock. Paid more for that rock then the ring on
my wife's finger. I'm thinking of having it mounted, the rock. ;)
Yeah, it's kinda' like cherry but not quite so much so.
If painting, there's no reason at all to use hard maple and even poplar
is probably "hard enough" to avoid all but the worst of abuse.
I've not noticed an preponderance towards reaction wood in all the soft
maple I've used -- bought some 600 bd ft several years ago that used for
windows and the like when clear white pine was purely unobtainable at
less than gold prices...
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