Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Shopping for hardwoods and finding Birdeye Maple

A couple of days ago I went shopping for some hardwoods to use in my woodworking shop. There’s not a pressing need for it immediately, but I do have a couple of projects in mind and thought I’d get the hardwoods in need well in advance of the projects starting so the wood has time to acclimate to our home’s environment.

My shopping list included two species of hardwoods: birdseye maple and cherry. I got motivated to go on a run for wood after learning that Allen from Milwaukee Woodworks had a new supply of birdseye maple in stock. While it’s not exactly around the corner for me, it’s worth the trip because Allen offers a great selection of popular hardwoods and great prices.

So what is “birdseye” maple? As the photo to the right shows, its maple wood with tiny “figure” that resembles small eyes... birds’ eyes. As you can see, it’s quite striking, although I’ll be the first to admit that a little bit of birdseye maple can go a long way. No worries for me, as I’m planning on using it in a relatively small project (keeping this project secrete from my wife keeps me from sharing too many specifics about this project right now).

It’s nice to kill the winter doldrums and offset my home improvement projects by bringing a stack of new hardwood into the basement. I’ve walked by the stack several times since getting it home, and each time I peer down and get excited about converting those simple boards into a thing of beauty.

You can see one of my recent woodworking projects in my post Woodworking beats home improvement - my new cherry nightstands.


  1. Hello,

    I'm commenting here because I couldn't find your email address.

    I read most all of the posts concerning your construction of the light soffit for the bathroom.

    In light of reading the blog about your smoldering door, I came to understand that the soffit was made to fill the entire open space from the outer door wall to the towel closet door.

    I was very confused, as I figured you had a sink in the middle of that space in some sort of countertop, why the door might open that far.

    I read more so that I finally understood that the sink was standard width, while the wall mirror extends the entire length.

    Question. What was your motivation for building the light soffit as wide as the mirror? Why not simply have made the soffit to cover the original light box so that it would illuminate the sink?


    Rob Burns
    New York

  2. great post. your choice of hardwood seems to be great! looks sturdy enough to last.

    great blog by the way.


  3. yes its really nice to choose a hardwood than weak, so that you can save your money in the future.

  4. I can completely relate. My wife and I are considering wood flooring options for our main floor. There are so many choices, we have our favorites, but the process of deciding and visualizing really just gets us excited.

  5. I really love this color and it would be a great color for kitchen cabinets.

  6. I agree with RTA Cabinets, this would be a great color for my kitchen cabinets, I plan on remodeling the whole kitchen soon.

  7. Working on a nice suprise for the wife huh? That is always fun, my wife is trying to get me to build something! I also agree that the wood looks beautiful, and I would love to see what it would look as kitchen cabinets! Maybe something for a local home improvement contractor to look into?