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steaming #2: Handles for bending strap

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Blog entry by Lazy_K posted 11-07-2014 07:36 PM 1289 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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well I searched my garage for material appropriate to make handles/ends for my new steam bending strap. (re: Lee Valley)
I was looking for a piece of 2×2 that was dark and possibly luan that I remember having. couldn’t find. then I looked through all of the stuff that I did have handy… beech, could be chair parts, osage, don’t want to waste it on something that’ll be left outside….spf .. to soft, oak (red or white) chair parts again. then I bumped into these. I grabbed them where I used to work. they were both pallet/skid blocks. the one on the left I believe is cocobolo and the one on the right I thought was ipe, but after planing a bit of the rough off I think it may be sapelle. if one of these rescued from the trash isn’t perfect for this application I don’t know what is. if I saw that cocobolo right I can have a fingerboard left over….. hmmmm
be well
K

-- Kai SaerPren



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#1 posted 11-09-2014 11:24 PM

oK , NOW this seems odd to me,. I’ve used purpleheart before( 2 times), it always has looked almost black before i started working it, this 3×3 (on the right) of maybe Ipe has turned purple over night where I planed off the dirty dull brown sawmarks. does anyone know….is this usual?

-- Kai SaerPren

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#2 posted 11-10-2014 09:49 AM

Are you sure the one on the right is Ipe? It looks damn near identical to sapele I have used, especially after planing. You can see the rough cut pic on my project comments here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/95459 and you can also see a lot of different pis when you take a look at the chessboard blog.

My pics don’t have a lot of light, they are actually very dark, so it might look different. but I am very sure the piece of wood you have on the right is Sapele

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#3 posted 11-10-2014 04:01 PM

are you sure?......but it’s turned purple, I have sapelle here, it’s alot darker, but so is most of the purple heart that I have here.

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#4 posted 11-11-2014 07:07 AM

I am never a 100% sure :) 2 reasons why I would lean more towards sapele:
1. It is a lot more common than Ipe
2. The colour and grain looks like what mine looked after first surface planing. (after sanding it to higher grits, you get it quite a few shades darker and as it sits and airs out, it turns darker as well.)

I don’t know about purple heart, but I know that darkens quite a bit after milling as well so.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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