Early in the summer, I bought some soft maple off a guy’s firewood shipment and put it aside to dry.
Recently I started processing it, and noticed it dulls tools faster. Some pieces have barely none of this effect, but one piece I started working on takes my best plane blades from freshly sharpened to no cutting in five strokes. The plane takes increasingly broken up shavings, to the point of dust as used.
Upon examination with touch the edge is rough and has a definite burr on the back.
As much as I researched, I found no mention of maple having such property, but I am aware that local perturbations may happen. Can any tree gather high amounts of silica or other abrasive compounds? Does maple do it more or less than others? Would every piece in my stock show the same effect? Is there a good method to assess the relative abrasiveness of a certain piece of wood?
This is pretty much my only decent stock of lumber and I intended to make quite a few things out of it for Christmas so I’d rather not toss it all. It’s also my first encounter with maple. I’m afraid going through, testing which pieces to keep and struggling with the work may not be worth it. Should I buy a plank or two right now instead?
Any insight is appreciated,
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