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    Ambrosia is my new favorite color

    This thing literally looks like fire. 6' maple table top. The bottom is a train wreck and reveals how problematic some types of figure can be.
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    That is wild!

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    Need some more?:



    John

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    Johnny,

    Table looks great. Is the wood hard to work with?

    Did you just clear coat for your finish?

    Bill

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    Ambrosia maple is sometimes pretty extraordinary, especially when it's also blessed with some figure. I cut some things for a client recently that featured both and wow...really kewel result.

    I'm curious about all those "inlays" in that table top. Do tell...

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    John, if you don't want that horrible stuff, you can drop it off at my shop for "disposal".
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    I use it quite a bit!

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    Want to clarify for myself, the OP, or possibly both. I think what he(and me) find most impressive about his wood top is the curl/figure and not the staining caused by the ambrosia beetle. Personally, i think ambrosia maple is unattractive. To each his own, but i think the crotch figure and curl in the OP's table is fantastic. I dont believe the ambrosia beetle or its larva produces figure, just the turd streaks throughout the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becker View Post
    Ambrosia maple is sometimes pretty extraordinary, especially when it's also blessed with some figure. I cut some things for a client recently that featured both and wow...really kewel result.

    I'm curious about all those "inlays" in that table top. Do tell...

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    John, if you don't want that horrible stuff, you can drop it off at my shop for "disposal".
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    I actually call them glitches. Their our way of dealing with nasty inclusions and checking that are present in these highly disfigured boards. Like I said the bottom is a trainwreck.
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    It makes sense, Johnny, and I suspected that was the case. Fortuitously, that top is "busy" enough that the patching almost disappears at a glance and you have a nice solid top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becker View Post
    Ambrosia maple is sometimes pretty extraordinary, especially when it's also blessed with some figure. I cut some things for a client recently that featured both and wow...really kewel result.

    I'm curious about all those "inlays" in that table top. Do tell...

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    John, if you don't want that horrible stuff, you can drop it off at my shop for "disposal".
    Jim, I have well over 500 BF of it from 5 silver maple logs I milled a couple of months ago. Some of it has some really nice curly character near the edges, too. I'm not delivering it, but anytime you want to make a trip up to Niagara Falls you are welcome to take whatever will fit in that new Ascent.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by John TenEyck View Post
    Jim, I have well over 500 BF of it from 5 silver maple logs I milled a couple of months ago. Some of it has some really nice curly character near the edges, too. I'm not delivering it, but anytime you want to make a trip up to Niagara Falls you are welcome to take whatever will fit in that new Ascent.

    John
    Oooh....

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