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The Basement #35: Magnificent Wood....

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 07-17-2013 10:59 PM 1388 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple years back I scored a great deal on an exotic wood lot on CL and for the most part have been using those cool woods in many projects, with a couple of exceptions…....and this was the main exception. There were 4 pieces marked “Rosewood” in the lot that I just knew were something extraordinary.

The boards are roughly 5” x 36” (4/4). I should add that I did barter one of these boards for my lathe, so now it’s 3. It’s hard to imagine anything denser than these boards. For a couple of years now I would pass one of these boards to any shop visitors just to see the reaction…...they are heavy….

Honestly, I have cleaned up a bunch of hard wood, but was always intimated by these four.

I just sharpened the jointer knives and rotated the carbide cutters on the Shelix cutter head in the planer, so decided today was the day to see what was hiding under the rough sawn exterior of one…....

Shown with the other two boards rough:

I’m color blind, but I’m seeing a bunch of different colors here. I’m thinking Cocobolo.

Not sure where to go from here, but wow…......

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 11:03 PM

Oh no…bad news Jeff. That wood ain’t any good. I would feel as if I let you down if I didn’t offer to take it off your hands.

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 11:28 PM

Corner blocks for cabinets….
Yeah, that’s what I’d use them boards for!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 07-18-2013 12:12 AM

Jeff I see a coffee table or end table.
You will figure something out.
It is purdy.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JL7

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 12:28 AM

Thanks Shane, that’s very generous!

Good thinkin’ Randy…..let me ponder that…..No.

Dave’s the only rational person here, and that includes me…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-18-2013 12:37 AM

Jeff:

Whoa! You have been holding out on us. That is gorgeous!

I’d have to resaw that and see how far I could make it go.

You traded a 3” board for a lathe?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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sras

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#6 posted 07-18-2013 12:40 AM

Oh yeah – that’s nice! It will look even better as a project. As stated above – resaw them bad boys and spread them out!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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boxcarmarty

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#7 posted 07-18-2013 01:06 AM

Ooooo, Ahhhh, Wow, Now send one to me so I can try…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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JL7

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#8 posted 07-18-2013 01:20 AM

Andy – not a 3” board…I traded one of the (5” x 36”) boards for my lathe…..along with a couple of other (non cocobolo) nice boards. I need to put a fresh blade in the bandsaw, but I think some resawing is in order…thanks…

Steve – I agree….thanks!

Marty – go stand by your mailbox….....wait for it…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 07-18-2013 01:38 AM

Jeff, Hit the shift key when I shouldn’t have. Still, a 3’ board for a lathe sounds like ya done good.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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JL7

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#10 posted 07-18-2013 01:49 AM

Andy -I traded either 4 or 5 five nice boards for the lathe and both parties were happy…....bartering is fun, should do it more…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Homebrew

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#11 posted 07-18-2013 01:53 AM

Looks like rosewood to me. East indian. The goods. Nice score.

-- Scott Rieman

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JL7

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#12 posted 07-18-2013 01:58 AM

Thanks Scott…...that’s good to know..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 07-18-2013 03:07 AM

Jeff, I agree with the bartering. Now if I can just find someone who wants to trade for some boxes…....

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 07-18-2013 12:34 PM

I remember well, working as an apprentice cabinet/millman years ago (43 yrs ago). You think those bds are heavy, try slinging 6/4 or 8/4, 8 and 10 ft long 5”,6” width. 1000 bd ft. Brutal. Trim for a law office. Damn designer/architects. LOL! It was a one time experience. Learned well how to sharpen joiner and planer blades, daily. Tough lumber to work with.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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littlecope

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#15 posted 07-18-2013 12:34 PM

Beauteous Wood Jeff!!
For what it’s worth, that looks like Rosewood to me too…
I had some that looked just like that…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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