Ambrosia Maple – Figured Lumber from CR Muterspaw Lumber
The figure of Ambrosia has a tapered, oblong shape running with the grain, and usually a grayish color. The figure pattern can be mild or dense, depending on the degree of infestation. Ambrosia maple also is called "ghost" maple, because the stains look like ghosts suspended in the board and the larvae tunnels appear to be eyes.
The Ambrosia beetle causes the wormy pattern in Soft Maple lumber and the result is a very unique looking lumber. The wood has both beautiful brown and gray stripes with small worm holes. This lovely wormy pattern will not affect the final performance of the lumber in any negative way.
Its Botanical Name is Acer Rubrum, and its country of origin is North America.
Some other common names for Ambrosia Maple are Wormy Maple or Ghost Maple.
Ambrosia Maple has a medium bending and crushing strength, with low stiffness and resistance to shock loads, and it is considered good for steam bending.
It is usually used for, furniture, joinery, ambrosia maple flooring, turning, paneling, veneering.
Ambrosia can be worked fairly well with hand and power tools, although it has a moderate dulling effect on cutters. Takes nails satisfactorily with care. Gluing results vary. Can be stained and polished to an excellent finish.
Ambrosia Maple has a Janka hardness rating of 950.
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DVD / Coffee Table made for a friend of mine. I made it from ambrosia maple bought from Chad. This was my first attempt at making a peace of fine furniture. It has pass through drawers that was a bit interesting too do for me. I love this wood and Chad always has a great selection of lumber. Been buying from him for a few years now and can honestly say that he is great to work with.