Over the last couple of weeks I have began working on a Maple Butcher Block island. I am building it to look like a old traditional style butcher block. I bought about 40 board foot of maple for this project.
Most the boards were a little longer than 9', three of them were around 6" wide and the other three were in the 7-9" range. I cut all the boards in half length wise for easier handling and rip the wider boards in half so they would fit on the 6" jointer.
I surfaced/milled the boards in two batches.
|Here is the first batch of boards I milled. These are the 6" wide boards.|
|One of the boards has some nice spalting in it.|
|This is the second batch of milled boards.|
There was some ambrosia maple in the second batch of boards. Ambrosia maple isn't a species of maple, but is a characteristic of the maple that happens when the wood is infested by the Ambrosia beetle The beetle brings a fungus in with them and that is what causes the discoloration in the wood.