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APITONG IS IT WORTH BUILDING KITCHEN CABINETS

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Blog entry by RICHIE posted 11-17-2008 03:20 AM 6092 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

MY NAME IS RICHIE.
I’M NEW TO THIS SITE. I’VE SOME GOOD KNOWLEDGE ON WOOD WORKING. BUT I’VE HAVE ABOUT 4,000 SQ. FT. OF NEW APITONG TRAILER FLOOR BOARD ALL NEW. 14FT. LONG 7IN. WIDE 1-3/8”
THICK. CAN THIS BE MADE IN TO SOME KITCHEN CABINETS. ALL THE MATERAIL IS DRY AND VERY STRAIGHT. I’VE GOT AND GOOD JOINTER AND PLANER ,BANDSAW EVERYTHING YOU WOULD NEED TO
MAKE A GOOD SHOP. ANY HELP WOULD BE HELPFUL. LEARNING HOW TO CUT WITH T-SAW, BANDSAW,
AND ROUTER. I’VE GOT SOME GREAT PLANS. BUT I NEED SOME INPUT ON THE MATERIAL. LIKE HOW DOE’S IT STAIN AND STUFF. CALL ANYONE TELL ME THE PRO’S AND CON’S ABOUT THIS WOOD.
ANY HELP OR PLANS WOULD BE GREATFULLY ACCEPTED.
LATER ON .
RICHIE
HOUSTON TEXAS



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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 11-17-2008 03:35 AM

I don’t even know what Apitong is???

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-17-2008 03:54 AM

I have never heard of apitong.

It is not listed in my book of wood under common names or botanical names.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#3 posted 11-17-2008 04:01 AM

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#4 posted 11-17-2008 04:13 AM

My big concern would be how hard it may to work if it is used for truck flooring.

It may be good for flooring, but how is the grain and stability? You might mill some up and make a simple frame to see how it behaves.

If you start cutting it and it releases tension and starts to twist – that would be bad. It may be stable and just fine.

Cabinets are made of hickory and that is tougher than nails, is it along that line?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#5 posted 11-17-2008 04:13 AM

I guess that’s it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-17-2008 04:17 AM

Richie – I wouldn’t try making anything with Apitong. They use it for truck and trailer decking for a reason. It’s hard as heck & generally not very attractive wood. I think it would be very hard on your tools (it is almost as hard as IPE decking). It doesn’t even make good decking like Ipe or some of the other exotic species. Bottom line, I’d stay away from Apitong if I were you. Good luck.

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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#7 posted 11-18-2008 05:35 AM

I would suggest using it for a deck, as if it’s like Ipe, it’s very dense as noted and probably naturally insect repellant. You’ll be fighting with the stuff instead of working with it.
I bought a piece of Ipe to see what it’s like and it’s so dense it’s like compressed ironwood. I don’t even want to try to cut it and it’s so heavy it’s like lead.

If you have a surpluls of Apiton, you can send me some for my deck!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 11-18-2008 05:45 AM

I used to work at a trailer manufacturer, and I know what Apitong is. A ex co-worker often wondered what the woodworking properties of Apitong were. I know that stuff is dense, and extremely durable. So durable in fact that you can use it outside without finish, and it is just as durable as Ipe. I think if you are going to machine it with a planer or joiner, make sure the knives are easily replaceable, or use a carbide inserted cutterhead. Let us all know what you decide to build with. It does have a dark rich color!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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