Philippine's Exotic Wood #2: DAO - Argus pheasant tree - Dracontomelon dao

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 1371 days ago 3895 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: NARRA (Pterocarpus indicus) Part 2 of Philippine's Exotic Wood series Part 3: ACACIA - Street Trees »

The next exotic wood that I accidentally found in a sash factory was just an offcut from a gian timber. I am pretty sure that this was very old tree that was left hanging around in a lumberyard. This is very hard wood as sometimes mistaken to be the iron wood. I was lucky enough to have it for free. It thought it was just nothing since is all dark and full of mud. When I tried to cut a piece on it so I can make a door handle (knob), I found a nice curves….

S.Name: Dracontomelon Dao

The color is light violet (lavender) with stripes of yellow and brown.. The wood is tough to plane but it is good to saw. Planing needs oil. The grains are interlocking.

Maybe, this could be a nice jewelry box. By the way… the size of the wood I have is 4×12x9 inches… a trapezoid but this is the dimension you can get in nearest square corners.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 1371 days ago

That is beautiful some wood!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 1370 days ago

So much fine timber … so little time.. nice score.. nice timber and just nice.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Bill Davis

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#3 posted 1370 days ago

Bert, you are not only innovative with your many projects but also in your sleuthing out interesting woods. I’d love to follow you around on one of your forays. Thanks for introducing this ‘new-to-me’ wood.

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#4 posted 1370 days ago

Lovely wood. Sounds like you will have fun with it.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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