Great help from a local Lumberjock! (What should I make with this wood?)

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Blog entry by BTimmons posted 02-12-2012 01:50 AM 7150 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I paid a visit to cabmaker, who extended the generous invitation to see his shop and use his equipment to mill some rough stock that I picked up a little while back. He’s a pro and I’m a newcomer. I had a lucky find one day and scooped up a mix of Phillipine mahogany and a few boards of African mahogany. Here’s what it all looked like when I got it.

Although I lack a jointer and planer to prepare the stock, I would’ve been crazy to pass on this stuff for the price I paid. So when I started a forum thread a few weeks ago asking for advice about investing in a planer, cabmaker invited me to use his equipment since I’m in his area. So, a healthy dose of resawing, jointing, and planing later, I have some fantastic dimensioned stock. Most of these pieces are about 3 inches wide or so, but they’ve all been bookmatched so they can be glued up into wider pieces, and I also have a few thin wide pieces that could perhaps make small table tops or something. There’s also a good sized plain maple board that I’ll probably turn into a Moxon vise.

And here are the super cool, dense African mahogany pieces with grain that’s just absurdly awesome. You ought to see the chatoyance on this stuff.

Thanks for reading. And a huge thanks to cabmaker for the invite, the good company, the cool shop tour, and use of his equipment! So what do you all think I should make from this great stuff?

-- Brian Timmons -

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 01:58 AM

Way nice.

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 02:21 AM

This should have read, “Wood(&worker) Gloat”. LOL! I also love that about LJ. The friends you make here not only encourage you along the way, but they allow you into their workshops, oh…and to use their tools. I don’t see anybody on Facebook letting you do anything close to that. Great Lumber, great friend! BTW- Love the African Mahog!

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#3 posted 02-12-2012 03:16 AM

WOW! I’d make a cool lamp table and some boxes.

I’ve been helped in the past.

I then helped a woodworker like that once. He thanked me with some some great chocolate.

It’s always a great feeling to “pay it forward”.

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#4 posted 02-12-2012 03:23 AM

Very nice looking boards. Very nice of cabmaker to lend his machines and effort. Great post.

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#5 posted 02-12-2012 03:50 AM

sweet I got to love it lj has made me a few good friends and I love the brother hood of woodworking

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 04:34 AM

great stuff. It is great when we get together. The sapele looks nice to.

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