I bought two 12″ and two 11″ Curly Ambrosia Maple platter blanks not long ago and I finished them tonight. The curl, also known as flame and tiger stripe, is visible in the photos if you look closely. It is much more pronounced when you can rotate the platters under the light.
The ambrosia effect, caused by beetle infestations, is quite strong as Maple is otherwise quite plainly colored. The holes are from beetle larvae and I don’t consider them a defect, rather just an aspect of a natural process.
Maple is very hard so it cuts quite cleanly and requires only minimal sanding which is always nice.
All cuts were made using the Easy Wood Tool system. Forward and reverse chucking was in a Nova Chuck. Sanding was with Gold and Green Wave sanding discs from Packard Woodworks. Final finish is Shellawax.