Posts Tagged ‘maple’

Special Stands

September 27th, 2012

First Flight’s millwork shop crafts a variety of specialty items including this set of nightstands to match the existing decor of a clients home. Working with maple offers challenges, even the soft maples are harder than many other hardwoods, such as cherry. Hard maples by comparison are distingushed by small knots appearing along the grain, often referred to as “birds eye maple” The ability to match corresponding pieces of the unit make this fine furniture exclusive as well as unique. Utilizing full extension slides allows the full depth of the drawer to be exposed, something you cannot acheive with other drawer mounting techniques. Typically, the strongest joints need to be between the front and sides as this is where stress occurs everytime the drawer is opened or closed. The mechanics of operation and the fine tuned individual selection of matching components separate these from mass produced counterparts.

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Staple Maple

September 19th, 2011

Fall leaves have begin to drop their colorful carpet from the staple of the cabinet industry, the maple tree. As we are working on completing a project where we are matching the existing furniture and “feel” of the home, durable maple wood is called into action. These raised panel doors and drawer fronts bear a nice grain which is closely packed. Maple is an extremely hard surfaced lumber which makes it impervious to abrasions and indentations. There is a naturally occuring pattern of sugar or mineral streaks to give maple character. It’s characteristics of durability and versatility are matched only by it’s smooth, even grain in which there are few color variations. This closely packed grain has another advantage ideal for cabinets making especially; it resists humidity, which is particularily essential in a kitchen setting. It’s is not unusual to see maple used to match an existing situation because it was very popular in the 50′s. Where exacting sizes are required, it is best to employ an experienced cabinetry maker. The choice of stain here is a dark cherry. Maple wood responds well to stain and absorbs it excellently. The scientific name for maple is Acer. Interestingly, later on this was adapted by an electronics company, as the monitor I am peering into right now has the same name.

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