AWe probably would have to run an expensive chemical test to know for certain, but I do think I can provide a
A couple of facts about hard maple.
First, we know that the wood contains
sugars and that these sugars are soluble in water. We also know that in most
hard maple lumber, the kiln schedule
reaches 150F and hotter, which seems
to modify the chemical structure in
the wood so that the sugars do not
bleed out of the wood when the wood
However, there are some drying operations that reach only 110F
maximum temperature, which would
possibly mean that the sugars are more
mobile in the wood if water (
water-based finish) is added to the dry wood.
So, check with the one supplier that
is producing the troublesome wood
and see if they are using an unusual
drying system and what maximum
temperatures they are using during
My guess is that they are not reaching 150F or hotter. Let me know if I am
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