This curly soft maple is highly figured with tiger-striped rays running perpendicular to the grain pattern. Along with the wood's light color, this striping lends a shimmering quality to the lumber. Even unfinished, the wood has a very pleasing interaction with light. It is no surprise, then, that curly maple has become a woodworker's favorite for accents, specialty furniture, musical instruments, and more.To make the figure in this curly maple really "pop", we recommend using an oil product (tung, linseed, etc.), as opposed to a stain. If a lacquer or urethane finish is necessary, adding a coat or two of clear wax-free shellac before the final finishing will ensure that the figure stands out.
The Hafele Loox 3001 series of recessed LED puck lights feature a soft, warm output optimized to enhance display cabinets and shelves. Their LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) radiate much less heat than conventional light bulbs, resulting in 90% less energy consumption, and a life span of up to 25 years or 40,000+ hours. The lights can either be recessed or surface-mounted with the optional Surface-Mount Rings (sold below). Separate 24V driver required for operation (45103, sold below). For brighter spot lighting or task lighting, see the Loox 4009 puck lights (eg 46080).
The classic American blonde, Hard Maple features creamy white sapwood with a reddish cast, and rugged durability. The wood has an exceptionally fine, even texture, and tight pores that yield an excellent finished surface. These thin boards are machined to 3/4" thickness, eliminating wear and tear on your planer. You won't have to worry about chipout, which is difficult to prevent when planing thin stock. Thin boards are ideal for edging, veneering, inlay, marquetry, sides for decorative boxes, bending stock, bent laminations and whatever else your imagination can dream up!Tree: May reach a height of 70 to 120 feet, with a 24 to 36 inch diameter trunk. Sapwood Color: White with a reddish cast.Heartwood Color: Uniformly pale reddish brown or light tan. Grain: Usually fairly straight, but can also be curly or wavy. Sometimes exhibits decorative figuring like bird's eye, maple burl, blister, leaf, and fiddleback.Texture: Very fine and even.Working properties: Due to hardness, tools must be kept very sharp.Carving: Responds well to carving tools.Steam bending properties: Fair.Strength Properties: Very high bending strength. Resistance to compression parallel to the grain is high. Hardness is rated as medium. It is heavy, and resists denting and marring. Hard Maple can be up to 25 percent harder than Soft Maple.
This classic technical handbook shows you exactly how to approach the complex job of designing and making custom cabinets for kitchens, family rooms, and home offices. Robert W. Lang takes the mystery out of the job with clearly written text, meticulously detailed shop drawings, and sharp photographs that take you from the planning stage all the way through installation. You'll have your choice of building either traditional face-frame cabinets or contemporary frameless Euro-style cabinets, and will benefit from practical and shop-tested methods and time-savers on every page. Plus, this revised edition also offers a colorful 16-page idea gallery with photographs of finished cabinets. Paperback. 240 pages. In Bob Lang's The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker, you'll learn: How to measure a room and design cabinetryHow to develop working shop drawings and cutting listsHow to work with solid wood, veneered plywood, MDF, and plastic laminatesHow to build traditional face-frame cabinets and Euro-style frameless cabinetsHow to cut and join the basic box for any projectHow to construct wall-hung cabinets, units with lighting, and floor-to-ceiling stylesHow to make doors, drawer faces, drawer boxes, and countertops About the Author: Robert W. Lang is executive editor of Popular Woodworking magazine, a contributor to Fine Woodworking, and author of several woodworking books.