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Outdoor "Coffee" Table #3: The Wood

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Blog entry by Dorje posted 07-18-2007 09:18 AM 1324 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, my daughter and I went down to the hardwood lumber store on Monday and I immediately changed my mind on the kind of wood to use. Why so fickle? Who knows. The Lyptus that I was originally going to go with, only came in 4/4 and 8/4…I really wanted to use 5/4 to get 1” stock for the top. Just wanted more mass (it was also cheaper!) So…18bf of 5/4stock and 6bf 8/4stock of Jatoba/Brazillian Cherry is what we left with:

Straight grain for the most part:

Close-up of the grain:

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA



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#1 posted 07-18-2007 11:17 AM

beautiful wood.

You can change your mind! You are the artist!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 07-18-2007 05:33 PM

Beautiful wood. That’s going to be a gorgeus table.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#3 posted 07-19-2007 04:12 AM

Is this table exposed to the weather, just wondering how this wood will do?

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#4 posted 07-19-2007 04:41 AM

Dan – Yes – it’ll be an outdoor table. Jatoba is a very dense wood and is supposed to wear similarly in the outdoors like Ipe

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 07-19-2007 04:45 AM

Also, from an ad for outdoor chairs: ” They are made from Jatoba, also known as Brazilian Cherry – a beautiful sustainable hardwood superior to Teak in hardness and durability. Natural Jatoba is finished only with linseed oil and requires minimal maintenance.” I’m sure it’s not superior to Teak in many other respects, but it’s also not endangered!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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